Triton artists place well at competitions

BOURBON — Several artists at Triton Jr.-Sr. High School entered their works in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition in South Bend, vying for placements against artists from 50 other schools, most of them earning stellar ratings.
With almost 2,200 submissions from students in seventh through twelfth grades in the regional level — which includes Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan schools — competition was fierce. Professional artists made up the jury that selected winning works in three categories, Gold keys, Silver keys and honorable mentions.
Students could enter their work into several categories based on the medium used to create the work: Architecture, Ceramics and Glass, Comic art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film and Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Art Portfolio, and Photography Portfolio. Each category is juried with other pieces in the same category and Drawing, Painting and Photography are typically the categories with the most entries.
“Not all schools get their work accepted,” explained Triton Art Director Diana Westphal. “Gold keys are like first place and all gold keys from every region are sent to New York City to be judged at the national level. Silver keys are like second places and they earn you a spot in the show. Honorable mentions are works that the judges thought did not warrant a Gold or Silver but were still worthy of being displayed at the regional level.”
The proud educator said this year was “probably Triton’s most successful year for scholastics art awards.” “We had nine kids get 11 works accepted into the show and we had four Gold keys,” Westphal said. “I entered about 22 pieces total. Each art teacher can submit up to 30 works to be considered so for a school with only one teacher, I thought we did pretty well.” 
Aubrey Boardman’s Mixed Media piece was the school’s only Gold key to get an award at the national level this year. She is Triton’s second student to ever win at the national level (Michaela Vuittonet won a silver national award in 2005). “She received a Silver award at nationals which is an accomplishment in itself due to the fact that this is a national program and every regional sends in work,” Westphal said. “I think they had around 10,000 works to jury this year at that level.”
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the nation’s largest, longest-running and scholarship and recognition program for teenage artists.

Triton art students (from left) back row, Blair Johnson (Silver key for Painting), Tayler Fisher (Gold key for Drawing), Aubrey Boardman (Gold key for Mixed Media), Tyler Brown (honorable mention for Drawing) Nicholas Nordmann (two honorable mentions for Drawing); and front row, Jared Stouder and Gunner Golden (honorable mention for Film and Animation) and Grace Eib (honorable mention for Painting) pose with the works they entered in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing contest.
Not pictured is Ethan Yazel (two Gold keys for Design and Film and Animation) who’s artwork is pictured at Nick Nordmann’s feet.