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Boswell student earns top award for visual arts

Image of mixed media art titled Self Portrait with Bugs

 Student Madeline Smith poses with her art teacher and winning artwork

Pictured above right: Madeline with her visual art teacher, Amy Jenkins, and winning artwork.

Congratulations to Boswell High School junior Madeline Smith for winning the Scholastic Art & Writing's 2020 Gold Key Award for her mixed media piece titled, "Self Portrait with Bugs." The award is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which recognizes some of America's most celebrated teen artists each year.

Students in grades 7-12 can apply in 29 different categories of art and writing. Entries are juried by leaders in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Winning entries best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the presence of a visual voice or vision. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national awards, including medals and special achievement awards. National medalists will be recognized in part at the national ceremony in March at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Madeline also earned an Honorable Mention in the painting category for her piece, "In the Eyes of Time." Congratulations, Madeline, we are #EMSproud of you!