Long Beach High School’s Visual Arts students were selected as regional winners in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The two Gold Key award recipients, Jaime Bernstein and Lindsey Del Rio, will move on to the national competition.
Jaime Bernstein’s Gold Key was earned in the printmaking category for a piece titled “Alphabet Soup,” while Lindsey Del Rio received hers in photography for “Old Fashion Memories.” Silver Key awards in photography went to Joseph Cohen for “Atlantic Terminal,” Jillian Lerner for “Drowning” and Michael Mullin for “Ferris Wheel.” Jhana Prue and Madison Rivera earned Silver Key distinctions in Painting and Drawing and Illustration, respectively. Their pieces are titled “Adrift” and “The Getaway.”
Eight Honorable Mention recognitions were attained – seven of which were in the photography category. Arielle Nason was awarded in mixed media for “Pots and Pans.” Jillian Lerner received two Honorable Mentions for her photos, “Opa” and “Rain.” Liam Gilligan, Deina Vicente, Shaylee Weiner, Annelise Whelan and Elizabeth Zielinski were commended for their respective photographs: “Roses,” “Walkway Through Paradise,” Shaylee Weiner,” “Denali Animal Sanctuary, Alaska” and “Fall Path.”
Long Beach High School’s writing students also excelled in this awards program and took 16 recognitions for their entries. According to Scholastic, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards in 2019. Submissions are judged based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.