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Art Students Win with Exceptional Talent
Art Students Win with Exceptional Talent

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Three Frederick County Public Schools’ National Art Honor Society students won Northeast Region-at-Large 2012 Scholastic Art Awards for exceptional talent.  The region includes all of Maine and Maryland and parts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In its 89th year, the competition is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for student achievement in the visual and literary arts.

All three winning students are from Linganore High. Senior Kayla Probeyahn won the highest level of achievement at the regional level:  the Gold Key Award. Her sculpture titled Venus placed in the region’s top 10 percent, allowing her to advance to national jury competition.  Kayla’s teacher Georgia Geisser cochairs the National Art Honor Society at Linganore High and is lead art teacher. She teaches Ceramics, Jewelry and Small Sculpture.

Melanie Wilhelm, a junior, won the Silver Key Award for high regional honors. Her sculpture titled Swans placed in the region’s top 15 percent. 

Senior Samantha Brekosky won two Honorable Mention Awards: one for her mixed-media category piece called Media Control and another for her painting category piece titled Gas Mask.  The Honorable Mention distinction shows tremendous creative promise and places students in the top 20 percent of their region.

Melanie and Samantha’s teacher Christian Madenspacher is the other National Art Honor Society cochair at Linganore High, where he teaches Advanced Placement Art and Ceramics.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the nation’s most talented teen artists, launched its call for entries for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards last September. About 200,000 entries were submitted. This year curators from major museums, leading journalists, gallerists, artists and established alumnae will serve on the national jury. 

For more information about the awards, please visit www.artandwriting.org


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