61 Arts Academy students receive regional Scholastic Art and Writing recognition

Interlochen Arts Academy students from four majors received recognition in the Western Central Michigan region of the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Forty-three visual arts students received a total of 123 awards, including 38 Gold Keys, 39 Silver Keys and 46 Honorable Mentions. In addition, Taetyn Panagos was nominated for the American Voices and Visions Award for her video, “so this is what happened.” Only five American Voices and Visions Award nominations are awarded across all artforms in each regional division.

Seventeen Creative Writing majors took home 55 total awards, including 15 Gold Keys, 29 Silver Keys and 12 Honorable Mentions. Darius Atefat-Peckham, Margaret Blackburn and Sophie Paquette join Panagos as American Voices and Visions Nominees. Comparative Arts student Aidan Flynn also received recognition in the writing division of the competition, winning a Gold Key for her writing portfolio “In Passing.”

Motion Picture Arts student Nathan Ginter was also recognized by Scholastic, receiving a Silver Key for his film Little Voices.

The winning entries will be displayed in a special exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design from Feb. 6 through March 3. The awards ceremony will take place on March 3. Gold Key winners are also eligible for the national level of competition.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Awards are presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship.