Students showcase their talents in art competition

Art is a median for expression. There are many different forms of art like painting, writing and sculpting. The scholastic fair helps students showcase their talents.

The Scholastic fair allows students to enter their art, photography and writing to have a chance to win scholarships or awards. According to the Scholastic Art and Writing website, the competition’s goal is provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.

“Last year I won a $300 scholarship for the work I submitted,” senior Tyler Wundrach said. “This year I won two honorable mentions.”

Each participant has a chance to win different awards. The awards are an honorable mention, silver key, gold key or a scholarship.

“Last year I won the silver key,” senior Kathryn Seib said. “This year I won the silver key and an honorable mention .”

In order for students to participate, they have to pay five dollars for each submission of their art work to be eligible for awards. This money was turned in on Jan. 6.

The competition was held on Jan. 30 at Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

“Last year they had cookies and hot chocolate,” senior Kaley Brenizer said. “It is a really great experience to be a part of.”

Senior Kayla O’Kray also submitted her art and is planning on attending the event.

“This year I sent in two drawings,” O’Kray said. “It was a great opportunity to showcase my art.”

There can be many benefits to the art kids who decide to participate in the scholastic fair.

“Getting recognition for your work is validating,” principal Thomas Lietz said. “Whenever a student can showcase their talent it is good.”

Art teacher Jennifer Allore and photography teacher Josh Etheridge both play a big part in helping the students create new art and motivate them to enter the scholastic competition.

“The art teachers bring out the best in everyone,” junior Crystal Santa Cruz said.

Allore tries to keep the students confident.

“I am cheerleader for art,” Allore said. “I go home exhausted every day from encouraging students.”

“Allore has a great eye for art,” Santa Cruz said. “I have seen her stand on a table to get a new perspective on an art piece.”