RHS students receive Scholastic Art Awards

Several art students from Rockford High School (RHS) will be recognized as regional winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards competition. The ceremony will be held at St. Cecilia’s Music Society at 2 p.m. on January 30, 2011, with a reception following at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

Regional winners in the Scholastic Art Awards competition are (front, l–r) Sarah Verbrugge, Hanna Reierson, Shelby Blackmore, Sydney Benda, Emily Frew; (back) Eric Henderson, Jordan Rookus and Spencer High.

Gold Key awards will be given to Shelby Blackmore for photography and her art portfolio, Spencer High for a painting, and Jordan Rookus for ceramics and glass. Silver Key awards will go to Sydney Benda for her art portfolio, Shelby Blackmore for drawing, Emily Frew (Reed City High School) for her art portfolio, Eric Henderson for ceramics and glass, Hanna Reierson for ceramics and glass, and Sarah Verbrugge for jewelry. These students currently have their artwork on display at the Kendall College Art Gallery until the end of the month.

The Scholastic Art Awards are an annual juried competition open to seventh- through 12th-graders in the United States, Canada and U.S. territories. Past recipients of national prizes include actor-director Robert Redford, artist Andy Warhol and other noteworthy people. This year, the work of Blackmore, High and Rookus will be representing RHS in the national competition held in New York.

For more information, please contact RHS art instructor Barb Kent at (616) 863-6030.

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