Standout works from young artists


According to its website (, since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.”

“Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community — young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers — along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.,” it says.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Locally, the program saluted three Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district students with Silver Keys at the Scholastic Art Show, which invites teachers to submit student works from Potsdam to Herkimer to Marathon to Rochester, the VVS district announced.

Silver Keys are regional awards for standout works that demonstrate exceptional ability, the district noted.

VVS junior Abbygail Coston plus seniors Elijah Creedon and Julia Kaar were selected from among thousands of applicants for the prestigious award, said the district.

VVS art teacher Kayla McDonough was proud of the students’ efforts, noting “out of 5,500 submissions, only 1,800 pieces were chosen to receive Gold and Silver keys. The students’ work is incredible and inspiring — the best of the best” in Central New York. She added “it’s an incredible honor.”

You can view the students’ works from now until March at Onondaga Community College in the Whitney Applied Technology Center, on Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. along with Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The VVS district offered “congratulations to these outstanding artists.” So do we.


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