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Twenty-one Ashley High School students recently one more than 60 awards from the regional Scholastic Art competition. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.
Twenty-one Ashley High School students recently won more than 60 awards from the regional Scholastic Art competition. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

Ashley High is home to a host of budding artists.

Recently, 21 students at the school collectively garnered more than 60 regional Scholastic Art awards, including 33 Gold Keys, 20 Silver Keys and eight Honorable Mentions.

Since 1979, Barton College has hosted the awards for the largest district in the state, currently with 62 counties ranging from the piedmont to the coast.

Scholastic Art Awards annually provide students an opportunity to have their work exhibited in well-known galleries and stands as the nation’s most prestigious recognition program for artists and writers, according to a release from New Hanover County Schools.

Each of the Gold Key entries went on to national judging in New York. Every year, 300,000 regional Gold Key works are submitted across the country, but only the top one-percent are recognized at the national level.

For the second consecutive year, Ashley High had a National Gold Medal winner. This year, Addison Casey won for her piece, “Blue Stripe Tea Pot Form,” which was the only ceramic work chosen from North Carolina.

Her work will be on display in New York City’s Carnegie Hall through April. The entire Scholastic art show will then become a cross-country traveling exhibit. Casey and the other national winners from North Carolina have been invited to a special ceremony on April 28 at the executive mansion in Raleigh to receive a certificate from N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory.

“I am so proud of our talented artists,” Ashley principal Jackson Norvell said. “The students work hard and produce beautiful work, It is nice to have them recognized on the regional level and national level.”

A digital gallery of all the regional winning artwork is available here.

Ashley Scholastic Art Winners:

  • Matt Allegretto
  • Madison Arthur
  • Zoey Batson
  • Gina Bonini
  • Erica Buchanan
  • Addison Casey
  • Sophia Copeman
  • Britton Deets
  • Brooke Faulkner
  • Griffin Faulkner
  • Brianna Halstead
  • Natalee Kasdan
  • Hailee Kiesecker
  • Julia Koff
  • Summer Nicholson
  • Maxwell Reinbachs
  • Lillian Rogers
  • Amithy Sanderson
  • Taylor Sexton
  • Haewon Song
  • Lane Thompson