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Hampton students receive art honors in the local area

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However, nine students from Hampton Township School District are being recognized for their authentic artwork.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the Pittsburgh region will take place at Carnegie Mellon University on March 23.

Kate Owens, an art teacher at Hampton’s middle and high schools, described the Scholastic Art Awards as the top student art contest nationwide, similar to a regional championship for art students.

Senior Amanda Elstner is leading the way among Hampton students, receiving two Gold Key awards for “The Vanity Table” and “Horseshoes Hanging on a Tree Branch,” along with honorable mentions for “Mom’s Car” and “Cigarettes,” all in the mixed media category.

Other winners from Hampton High School include:

• Olivia Hoffman, 11th grade, received a Gold Key award for “Femininity” in the drawing and illustration category.

• Kiley Vande Geest, 12th grade, earned a Silver Key award for “Stillness Speaks” and other work in the art portfolio category.

• Esther Cohen, 11th grade, received a Silver Key award for “Insomnia” in drawing and illustration.

• Madison Hurst, 12th grade, received an honorable mention for “The Cool Girl That Smokes” in the sculpture category.

• Ben LaRusse, 12th grade, received an honorable mention for “For What It’s Worth” in drawing and illustration.

• Olivia Marks, 12th grade, received an honorable mention for “Aladdin Sane” in mixed media.

• Sienna Lasek, 11th grade, received an honorable mention for “Horror Movie Night” and “Cavetown” in drawing and illustration.

• Suying Jiang, 10th grade, received an honorable mention for “Deep in the Forest” in drawing and illustration.

Eighth grader Richard Ma from Hampton Middle School won a Silver Key award for “The Right Direction” in drawing and illustration.

“These awards are the result of many years of excellent teaching in the Hampton Art Department from elementary through high school, combined with the personal skills and dedication of these student artists,” Owens said. “I’m so proud of the well-deserved awards these student artists won.”

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