Teen artists and writers recognized for excellence

People visiting Hood River often remark on the high level of creative expression evident in the community. Apparently, that culture of artistry begins early.

Twenty-one Hood River Valley High School students have received awards in one of the largest creative competitions in the world: the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The 17 artists and four writers from HRVHS received regional awards for their work from among the 200,000 teen student works submitted to Scholastic from across the country.

Of those winners, five received gold key level awards, advancing their entries to national level competition for a chance at scholarships, professional recognition and cash prizes.

Artists bringing home gold keys for individual entry pieces include: Emily Boudreau in mixed media, Kelsey Bowlin in photography, Kayla Schilling in digital art and Olivia Brink in digital art. Senior Elizabeth Gobbo took a gold key award for her senior writing portfolio.

Artists receiving silver keys are Sierra Johnson in ceramics and glass, Madison Meyer in digital art, Katie Middel in digital art, Danielle Miller in photography, Sophie Oswald in digital art, Carina Ramirez in photography, Stephanie Villalobos in photography and Sadie Shepard for her senior photography portfolio.

Honorable mention awards were received by Annelise Acosta in photography, Emily Boudreau in mixed media, Jesenia Calderon Quintanar in photography, Maryjane Laney in photography, Jennifer Mikkelson in photography, Danielle Miller in digital art, Taylor Scribner in photography and Sadie Shepard in digital art.

Three additional HRV writers took home awards. Gilberto Galvez received seven honorable mentions for short story and science fiction entries. Hunter Peterson received three silver keys for poetry and short story and four honorable mentions for poetry and flash fiction. Summer Bogard netted an honorable mention for poetry. Gobbo also took home a silver in short story.

As a senior, Gobbo’s selection as a regional gold key winner for her writing portfolio will place her in competition with just 200 other winning senior writers across the country for a chance to win a $10,000 National Gold Key scholarship. Six of the senior portfolio winners will learn if they net the top award on March 15.

Gobbo submitted eight individual pieces in her portfolio including selections classified under poetry, flash fiction, short story and personal narrative. Two of her submissions have already been selected for publication in prior years’ competitions and appear in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writers of 2010 and 2012.

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