Dingman-Delaware Middle School students win prestigious art awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes teenagers of outstanding creativity and offers scholarships for graduating seniors

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  • The award-winning artists from Dingman-Delaware Middle School with their artwork (Photo provided)

  • Lilly Cole's clay sculpture earned a Gold Key award (Photo provided)

— Several Dingman-Delaware Middle School students have received prestigious awards for their outstanding artwork through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 90-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

The program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, for which the Everhart Museum is the affiliate sponsor for the northeast Pennsylvania region, covering 20 high schools in the Scranton area.

Fifteen students from the Dingman-Delaware Middle School were recognized for artistic achievement at the regional level in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Scholastic Awards have three levels of recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention.

Gold Key — Lilly Cole's clay sculpture earned a Gold Key award and will proceed to the national level of adjudication in New York City.

Silver Key — Sarah Guyadeen, Samantha Hadley, Angelique Glamann, and Rosalia Palazzolo earned the Silver Key Award.

Honorable Mention — Patricia Albro, Adara Alexander, Alleigh Baker, Ryan Decker, Samantha Hadley, Sage Henry, Yeongju Koh, Mutsuka Sumitomo, Marisa Dambach, Mirabello Demmo, and Ray Polhill received Honorable Mention awards.

The Everhart Gallery exhibited the Gold Key works on Feb. 9. After receiving awards locally, these students' works will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of jurors in New York City, alongside thousands of entries from other regional affiliate programs across the country.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has a long list of distinguished alumni including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, and John Lithgow.

After 16 years of participation, Mrs. Yatsonsky, one of the art teachers at Dingman-Delaware Middle School, was invited by the Everhart Museum to take part in the area judging. Mrs. Yatsonsky said it was a great opportunity to be a part of a 90-year tradition of fine art excellence.

"We are very proud of our students and staff who have made it this far and look forward to future pieces of work produced by these young aspiring artists," said a statement from the school.

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