Dartmouth High students advance in art competition

By Douglas McCulloch | Feb 07, 2018
Courtesy of: Judy Cronin Marissa Borges, Savannah Gonsalves (with two works),  Hannah Arruda, and Ambur Garcia received Gold Key awards.

Dartmouth High’s art and writing students are getting some well-deserved recognition after picking up 30 awards in the state-level Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Five students received the highest-level Gold Key awards. They include Hannah Arruda in digital art; Marisa Borges, Ambur Garcia, two works by Savannah Gonsalves in photography; and Mary Bancroft in writing in two categories, journalism and poetry.

Works of Gold Key winners automatically advance to the national level of the program, and will be judged nationally against Gold Key works from across the country. National Awards announcements will be made in mid-March.

In arts, photography works by Lauren Domenico, Ambur Garcia, Emily Harding, Romaisa Hashmi, and Jonathan Oliver received Silver Key honors. Mya Leonardo received a Silver Key in the digital art category.

Fifty judges evaluated each work based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision during the competition.

All state-level Gold Key artwork will be on exhibition March 17-25 at Breed Hall on Tufts University’s, 51 Winthrop Street campus in Medford. Admission is free.

Gold Key winners will also participate in a ceremony at Tufts’ Cohen Auditorium on March 17.

Held since 1927, the annual awards show has offered millions of high school students across the country the opportunity to display their artwork and writing for regional and national recognition. Submissions at the regional and national level are juried by noted creative figures in visual and literary arts.

Emily Harding, Romaisa Hashmi, Jonathan Oliver, Mya Leonardo, Ambur Garcia, and Lauren Domenica (not pictured) received Silver Key honors. (Courtesy of: Judy Cronin )
Hannah Arruda's Gold Key-winning work in photography. (Photo by: Hannah Arruda)
Jonathan Oliver received a Silver Key award for this photograph. (Photo by: Jonathan Oliver)
Mya Leonardo's Silver Key-winning entry. (Photo by: Mya Leonardo)
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