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Four UCS students earn top national scholastic arts honors
Four UCS students earn top national scholastic arts honors
Posted on 04/01/2020
AwardFour Utica Community Schools students recently were honored nationally for excellence in the visual arts, including one earning the competition’s top award.

“The UCS art program is an integral part of our students’ academic experiences that nurtures their expression and creativity,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “As demonstrated by continued state and national recognition, our students’ artwork is consistently at a level that matches work displayed at professional galleries.”

Samantha Caballero, of Eisenhower High School, earned a National American Visions Media for her painting “Looking Up and Arbitrarily Losing Touch.” She also earned a gold and silver medal in the competition.

As an American Visions winner, Caballero has had her work ranked among the top one percent of the more than 300,000 works entered in this year's competition. Her teacher is Nancy Druia.

Also earning a top award was Molly Wittwer, of Shelby Junior High School, who earned a national gold medal for her photograph “Backstage.” Her teacher is Chris Brunson.

Two students also earned silver medals in the national competition. Jacob Schick, of Utica High School, earned a silver medal for his drawing “Starring Off.” His teacher is Jennifer Allore.

Savannah Salisbury also earned a Silver award for her photograph “Curiosity.” Her teacher is Dr. Lisa Grunewald.

Students entered the national competition after earning Scholastic Arts Awards regional honors. This year, nearly 200 honors were awarded to Utica Community Schools students at the regional competition. Nationally, more than 300,000 works of art and writing were entered in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.