Ten Students Win Scholastic Art Awards


Marni Sternberg, (Pop of Color) Photography-Gold Key

Ten students recently won recognition from the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Key recipients will also have their work sent to the national level for judging.

  • Dessie Bell-Kamen ’20, Photography-Honorable Mention
  • Chloe Cochener ’19, Digital Art-Honorable Mention
  • Cara Rittner ’19, Photography-Honorable Mention
  • Dashaun Simon ’17, Drawing and Illustration-Silver Key
  • Dashaun Simon ’17, Drawing and Illustration-Honorable Mention
  • Stephanie Spector ’21, Photography-Gold Key
  • Enna Spivak ’17, Photography-Honorable Mention
  • Enna Spivak ’17, Photography-Silver Key
  • Megan Stander ’20, Photography-Gold Key
  • Marni Sternberg ’21, Photography-Silver Key
  • Harry Tan ’18, Photography-Honorable Mention
  • Snow Yang ’17, Digital Art-Heart

“Everyone in the department is thrilled with the achievements of our award winning artists,” said Art teacher Kathryn Lee. “These impressive results reflect the dedication, commitment, skill, and passion our students have for their craft.”

According to the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, all work was judged blindly on the following criteria…

Originality: Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.


Technical Skill: Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.


Personal Vision or Voice: Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

“I enjoy painting because it relaxes my spirit and makes me calm,” says Snow Yang ‘17, who won an honorable mention in digital art. “What’s more, being an artist is my dream job.”

“No matter how well I do, there is always someone better,” says Dashaun Simon. “I am inspired by people who break barriers. I haven’t yet, but that’s my goal.”

The Gator wishes to congratulate all of the winners. Keep up the great work!

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  • Snow Yang, (Heart) Digital Art-Heart

  • Megan Stander, (Tower) Photography-Gold Key

  • Marni Sternberg, (Pop of Color) Photography-Gold Key

  • Harry Tan, (Flows) Photography-Honorable Mention

  • Enna Spivak, (Numb) Photography-Silver Key

  • Enna Spivak, (Jump) Photography-Honorable Mention

  • Chloe Cochener, (Flowers) Digital Art-Honorable Mention

  • Dashaun Simon, (All in One) Drawing and Illustration-Silver Key )

  • Dashaun Simon, (Self Portrait) Drawing and Illustration-Honorable Mention

  • Dessie Bell-Kamen, (Reflection) Photography-Honorable Mention

  • Cara Rittner, (Lighting) Photography-Honorable Mention

  • Stephanie Spector, (Reflection in Water) Photography-Gold Key

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