Local student artists a picture of success at art contest

Savanah Trudelle won for her photograph "Money Can Build A House But It Can't Build A Home." — Photo courtesy Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) art students earned an impressive list of honors in the Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Five students earned a Gold Key, the highest honor.

Junior art student Gordon Moore won two Gold Keys, a Silver Key, and an honorable mention for ceramics. Junior Anna Reinthaler won a Gold Key for her photograph of a water droplet and reflection in a pond, and an honorable mention, as well. Junior Jack Yuen was honored for a portrait drawing.

Sophomore Savannah Trudelle won a Gold Key for her photograph of an ivy covered tree and an old house. She also won an honorable mention. Sophomore Jessica Sonia won a Gold Key for her photographic portrait of a young woman. She also won a silver key for another work.

Students Taymon Brown, Aaron Teves, and Oshantay Waite won Silver Keys, the second highest award, for the work.

A total of 12 other MVRHS art students won honorable mention. Many students won several awards.

We’re very proud of everything they have done,” said Chris Baer, chair of the school’s Art, Technology, and Design department. “They

all worked very hard for this. The hardest part of my job was telling the kids who worked just as hard, but weren’t chosen for an award.

Two students from the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School were honored in the arts competition. Eighth-grader Lily Tilton won a Gold Key for her watercolor painting. Eighth-grader Autumn Richards won honorable mention, also for a watercolor painting.

The art work that won a Gold Key will be part of a special display at Boston City Hall for the month of March, and then moves on to New York City for national competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Award program began in 1923. The program, which is the largest source of scholarships in the United States for young artists and writers, is growing in popularity. In the past five years, more than 900,000 works of art were submitted.

Among the past winners of awards are artists Andy Warhol, David Salle, and John Currin; writers, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and John Updike; Actors Robert Redford and John Lithgow, and film maker Ken Burns.

A complete list of winners:

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

Taymon Brown, ceramics portfolio, Silver Key

Sarah Alexander, photography portfolio, Honorable Mention

Charlotte Benjamin, mixed media portfolio, Honorable Mention

David DaSilva, ceramics portfolio, Honorable Mention

Bethany Cobb, drawing portfolio, Honorable Mention

Joe Turney, ceramics portfolio, Honorable Mention

Gordon Moore, ceramics, 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key, 2 Honorable Mention

Anna Reinthaler, photography, sculpture, Gold Key, Honorable Mention

Jack Yuen, drawing, Gold Key

Savannah Trudelle, photography, 1 Gold Key, 1 Honorable Mention

Jessica Sonia, photography, 1 Gold Key, 1 Silver Key

Aaron Teves, architecture, design, 1 Silver Key, 1 Honorable Mention

Oshantay Waite, photography, Silver Key

Brenda DeOliveira, photography, Honorable Mention

Erin Hill, photography, Honorable Mention

Sawyer Klebs, fashion, Honorable Mention

Emma Kristal, sculpture, Honorable Mention

Patrick Nascimento, design, Honorable Mention

Pia Bonneau, drawing, Honorable Mention

Emily DeBettencourt, mixed media, Honorable Mention

Calin Drew-Morin, drawing, Honorable Mention

Alistair Rizza, digital art, Honorable Mention

Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School

Lily Tilton, watercolor, Gold Key

Autumn Richards, watercolor, Honorable Mention

This article was updated to include the Charter School students who won awards.