Pelham High School has three of the state’s 13 National Award recipients in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers.
The students all submitted their work to the competition through New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association.
More than 1,600 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12, representing 47 U.S. states, as well as students in Washington, DC and American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals.
Students’ works were blindly adjudicated, first locally and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals.
Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards.
More than 230,000 submissions were received in 28 categories.
Senior Jillian Fisher, whose art tracher is Mike Norton, art educator, received a Silver Medal Award in Ceramics and Glass for her Lidded Jar Set.
Pelham sophomore Brent Rubin, who also has Norton for an art teacher, won a Silver Medal Award in Ceramics and Glass for Horsehair Set 1.
Senior Nicole Mahogany, whose art teacher is Casey Locke, received a Silver Medal Award in Painting for “Self Portrait 2.”
Regionally, five panels of judges awarded 162 Gold Key awards, 297 Silver Key awards and 280 Honorable Mentions.
An exhibit of 700-plus pieces of awar- winning art by New Hampshire students was displayed in the lobby of Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre, where students were honored.
This year’s National Celebration will kick off in New York City on May 31 when the Empire State Building will be illuminated in gold, and the LED super signs at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the awards throughout the day. Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 15.