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Pierce, South score big at art competition


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Three of the six award-winning students from Pierce Middle School, from left, Carter Teranes, Julia Gough and Lauren Marshall. Photo courtesy of Gary Buslepp

January 31, 2013
Six students from Pierce Middle School earned one of three honors awarded to students at the Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, now in its 90th year.

More than 5,100 students competed in categories of drawing, mixed media, design, photography and ceramics. Teams of artists and art educators judged the thousands of individual entries, as well as the 324 senior portfolios, and awarded 250 Gold Keys, 344 Silver Keys and 408 Honorable Mentions.

Pierce, under the direction of art teacher Natalie Zoufal, had 19 students enter the competition, six of who received awards. They were: Julia Gough, Gold Key in drawing; Eve Voci, Silver Key in design; Lauren Sancya, Silver Key in design; Lizzie Trost, Honorable Mention in photography; Carter Teranes, Honorable Mention in drawing; and Lauren Marshall, Honorable Mention in drawing.

South students awarded

Grosse Pointe South High School, under the direction of teachers Kit Aro, Tom Szmrecsanyi, Micki Buksar-Cecil and Zoufal, also featured students in the regional competition. They earned 49 individual awards and seven Gold Key portfolio honors.

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Among the individual awards, 12 were Gold Keys, 14 Silver Keys and 23 Honorable Mentions.

Gold Keys included: Neala Berkowski, photography; Darian Dempsey, photography; Avery Duncan, photography; Abigail Grobbel, drawing; Julian Johnson, digital art; Kiersten Kern, two in digital art; Samantha Perry, digital art; Meghan Polack, sculpture; Amelia Rennell, ceramics and glass; Abigail Sohn, photography; and Casey Wizner, photography.

The 14 Silver Key winners were: Berkowski, three in photography; Peter Cirocco, sculpture; Grobbel, drawing; Genevieve Hummer, mixed media; Kern, digital art; Drew Meeker, digital art; Rennell, ceramics and glass; Katie Scarsella, digital art; Corey Thelen, drawing; Jessica Tujaka, digital art; and Wizner, two in photography.

Honorable Mentions were: Berkowski, two in photography; Lucy Buzolits, drawing; Marina Campbell, two in photography; John DiJulio, photography; Elise Grever, drawing; Grobbel, two in painting and another in drawing; Kern, digital art; Emma Lauerman, photography; Lauren Pankin, digital art; Polack, two in jewelry; Rennell, ceramics and glass; Dan Schmidt, ceramics and glass; Sohn, photography; Kate Van Pelt, photography; and Wizner, three in photography and another in fashion.

Seven students also were recognized for Gold Key portfolios, each of which featured eight art works. The students were: Berkowski, DiJulio, Grobbel, Kern, Giovanna Posselius, Rennell and Wizner.

A regional awards celebration honoring recipients is Saturday, Feb. 16, at the College for Creative Studies, inside the Walter B. Ford II Building. A two-week exhibition of students' work is scheduled as well from Feb. 17 to March 8, also at CCS.

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