Greater Nashua students honored in Scholastic Art Awards competition

More than 1,800 submissions of art by public, parochial and private school students in grades 7-12 competed for recognition in the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire on Jan. 11-12.

Six panels of judges determined 810 awards, of which 234 were Gold Keys awards – the top award – which will represent New Hampshire at the national competition. Also awarded were 270 Silver Keys and 306 honorable mentions.

Students from all over the United States submit work in 16 visual art categories, with the regional recipients forwarded to New York in mid-February for national adjudication. The national awards ceremony and exhibition will take place in June in New York City, with an awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall.

The works submitted by New Hampshire students will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 1, at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Students with exhibited work will be recognized during two ceremonies on Saturday: 10:30 a.m. for grades 7-9 and 11:30 a.m. for grades 10-12.

All students will receive certificates, and Silver and Gold Key recipients will receive a key pin for their achievement.

Four scholarships were awarded to seniors:

The New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Taryn Wynands, of Goffstown High School.

The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire Portfolio Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to Natasha Cote and Lauren Austin, both of Pelham High School.

A $500 scholarship provided by Coca-Cola of Northern New England was awarded to Hannah Winpenny, of Plymouth Regional High School.

Several other students planning to attend postsecondary schools and major in art will have an opportunity to be considered for additional scholarships provided by the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

The American Visions Award Nominations or “Best in Show” are awarded for individual submissions. The American Vision nominees represent the top five of the Gold Key individual works selected by the adjudication panels. Each student nominee will receive a $100 prize and will compete for the opportunity to represent New Hampshire in the national exhibition in New York City later this spring.

Local students chosen were senior Rebecca Lane, of Windham High School, and junior Brenton Morgenstern, of Pelham High School.

For a list of local winners, see this story online at