2 Friday Harbor HS Juniors Win Prizes at Western Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition

Congratulations to high school art students Friday Harbor Islay Ross (left) and Lily Rock (right) who both won prizes at the prestigious Western Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition.

The Western Region includes seven western states and is considered one of the most competitive regions in an annual national competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Writers and Artists.

Junior Lily Rock received a Silver Key Award for her multimedia piece entitled “Growing Pains”.

Junior Islay Ross won a Gold Key Award for his painting titled “The Kitchen Sink”.

Islay’s gold-winning art will move on to the national competition where its work will be judged against the most talented young artists in the country and the world.

Since 1923, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has identified adolescents with exceptional artistic and literary talent to present their work to a national audience. In the last five years alone, students have submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing and only a small percentage of them receive the designation of “Golden Key”, “Silver Key or “Honourable Mention”.

Any public, private, parochial, or homeschool student in grades 7-12 in the United States, Canada, or a U.S. school abroad can enter the prizes for a chance to win scholarships and see their artwork exhibited or published.

“This jury work is judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision,” Friday Harbor High School art instructor Andrew Anderson explained, “It’s a tremendous honor and recognition of the hard work and dedication of our students. I would like to thank our community for their support of our school art program. Special thanks to the Island Public School Foundation of San Juan, whose constant support has provided the essential art materials our students need. Talented children like Lily and Islay are clearly worth supporting.

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