Art students achieve major success in National Scholastic Regional Art Competition

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We often pride ourselves on being a school full of multi-talented individuals who dedicate themselves to varied subjects, be it sports or, more recently, the Fine Arts department.

Senior Patrick Rocha ’16 and several others including fellow seniors Jake Duron, Aidan deLaunay, Sam McCollum, James Hebert, H.T Tellepsen as well as junior George Daly competed in the National Scholastic Regional Art Competition and most definitely brought home their fair share of hardware.

Each year more than 300,000 students in the 7th through 12th grades submit their work in 29 different categories to be considered for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This year 68,000 people were recognized at the regional level and the top 2,000 winners were celebrated at a ceremony in Carnegie Hall.

Rocha annihilated the competition, displaying an eight-piece ceramics collection that earned a Gold Key distinction, producing two pieces of Gold Key merit and another that garnered a ranking of Silver Key excellence.

However, Rocha was not on his own. deLaunay duplicated Rocha’s two Gold Key distinctions and Duron’s excellent work warranted a third. In layman’s terms, STH will now represent five of the nine regional Gold Key recipients to be judged in New York for the National competition, which features entries from all fifty states.

McCollum also walked away with a Silver Key for architectural drawing while Hebert earned honorable mention for drawing and illustration and Daly and Tellepsen earned the same distinction for photography and ceramics, respectively.

The Gold Key award winners will be judged in New York on the national level. Of the 9 Gold Key regional ceramic winners being judged in New York for the National Scholastic Art Competition, St. Thomas is sending 5 ceramic entries.

This is the first time in St. Thomas history that an art portfolio is being judged on the national level. Of the 21 single entries from St. Thomas, 13 won awards and one of the two portfolios submitted received an award.

There were over 2200 regional entries from public and private schools in the Houston Area.

The Gold and Silver Key winners will be exhibited at various locations throughout Houston from February 15-March 8.

Patrick Rocha Gold Key Ceramics
Patrick Rocha Gold Key Ceramics
Patrick Rocha Gold Key Ceramics Portfolio
Jacob Duron Gold Key Ceramics
Aidan deLaunay Gold Key Ceramics
Aidan deLaunay Gold Key Ceramics
Samuel McCollum Silver Key Architecture (Drawing)
Patrick Rocha Silver Key Ceramics
Patrick Rocha Silver Key Ceramics
Patrick Rocha Silver Key Ceramics
George Daly Honorable Mention Photography
James Hebert Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration
James Hebert Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration
H.T. Tellepsen IV Honorable Mention Ceramics

 

 

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