Twenty-six northern New Jersey teen artists received national recognition for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The first level of recognition for these students’ outstanding work took place through the Montclair Art Museum, the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey. Works that were awarded Gold Key, the highest level of regional recognition, were exhibited at MAM from February 11 to March 9, 2012. All Gold Key award winning works were then submitted for national adjudication, where they competed against 200,000 submissions from around the nation.
This year’s recipients from the Northern New Jersey District received a total of 30 awards in visual arts on the national level. One student, Batrek Yassa of Jersey City Arts High School, was honored with the Portfolio Gold Award, which is the highest level of achievement and includes $10,000 scholarship, as well as a silver award.
This is the second year in a row that a student from Jersey City Arts High School was recognized with this honor. In addition, two students, Yeon Jae Chung and Yena Kang of WOW Art Studio earned one Gold and one Silver Award, and Sarah Abrahamsen of The Elizabeth Morrow School received a Gold Award and was recognized as Best in Grade.
Students from the following towns were recognized on the national level: Alpine, Cresskill, East Brunswick, Edison, Hackensack, Hightstown, Hillsborough, Jersey City, North Arlington, Northvale, Old Tappan, Princeton, Randolph, Ridgewood, Stewartsville, Teaneck, Tenafly, Westfield, and West Windsor. In addition, three out-of-state students were acknowledged in conjunction with the WOW Art Studio in northern New Jersey.
A full list of students and their awards can be seen here.