Friday Harbor High School Seniors win Competitive Art Competition Awards

Posted February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am by

Soma Andrews with some of her portfolio artwork

The Scholas­tics Art Com­pe­ti­tion is the largest nation­al art com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try aver­ag­ing near­ly 340,000 stu­dent entries a year.

The only two stu­dents from Fri­day Har­bor High School who entered the Scholas­tics Art Com­pe­ti­tion, both received awards and recog­ni­tion in the West­ern Region-at-Large.

Senior Katie Place was award­ed the Sil­ver Key Indi­vid­ual Award and senior Soma Andrews was award­ed the Gold Key Indi­vid­ual Award. On top of this hon­or, Ms. Andrews also won the Gold Key Portfolio.

Gold Key Indi­vid­ual Award recip­i­ents auto­mat­i­cal­ly advance for adju­di­ca­tion at the nation­al lev­el in New York City. Along with Ms. Andrews’ port­fo­lio, only nine­teen oth­er Gold Key Port­fo­lios were select­ed from the West­ern Region to advance to the Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion. A Gold Key Port­fo­lio award requires a series of 8 dis­tinct works that com­mu­ni­cate a sin­gle cohe­sive idea or visu­al inves­ti­ga­tion rather than a sin­gle image entry.

Accord­ing to Ms. Andrews, “When I found out my port­fo­lio won I was so excit­ed I start­ed shak­ing. The focus of my port­fo­lio is on the home­less­ness cri­sis in Amer­i­ca and what major fac­tors are con­tribut­ing to the esca­la­tion of this seri­ous social issue. It is impor­tant to me as an artist to use my abil­i­ties to draw atten­tion to issues I care about and hope­ful­ly pro­mote change. Of course I hope my port­fo­lio wins at the nation­al lev­el but I am real­ly hap­py to have won this stage of the competition.”

At the nation­al lev­el, eight gold key art port­fo­lios will be select­ed to receive a cash award of $10,000. Stu­dents who receive Nation­al Gold Medals or Spe­cial Achieve­ment Awards are hon­ored at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. 

FHHS Art teacher Andrew Ander­son com­ment­ed, “I am so proud of Katie and Soma’s epic accom­plish­ments. In the case of Soma, note that it is extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to win a Gold Key Port­fo­lio when you con­sid­er the num­ber of tal­ent­ed young artists across the West­ern Region. Not only did Soma have to com­pete against stu­dents from much larg­er schools, but also against many of the tal­ent­ed stu­dents at the top ranked art mag­net schools. She has con­sis­tent­ly stepped up to this artis­tic chal­lenge and has done an out­stand­ing job. I am hope­ful that she can win at the nation­al lev­el, but regard­less of the out­come there, it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize that these stu­dents, Soma and Katie, are both mar­velous artists who have been a joy to teach.”

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