Hood River Valley High School paid tribute to its artists and writers on Friday, Feb. 26, with an all-school Fine Arts assembly.

Students were recognized for winning entries in the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, with honors given in first (Gold Key), second (Silver Key) and honorable mention categories. Students were informed of their placement on Feb. 3.

The competition is open to students throughout the United States and at American schools overseas. The awards were given at the regional level, with those earning Gold Keys going forward to compete at the national level. According to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website (artandwriting.org), the top 2,000 submitted works will earn National Medals, given at a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall, and will be announced March 14.

Award alumni include artist Andy Warhol, writers Sylvia Plath and Joyce Carol Oates, and filmmaker Ken Burns. Winners in the art category are:

Gold Key

Alina Watt, Frizzy Free

Allie Burke, Messy

Audrey Becker, Desert Prayer

Ellie Smith, Jar Head

Samantha Morley, Human Landscape

Tia Semmes, Plug Out

Silver Key

Lauren Trumbull, Inner Space

Leti Pacheco, We Will Meet Again

Orlando De La Torres, Hallway

Peyton McCaw, Muscular Distortion

Sara Zeman (2), Strength and Serenity, Before the Stage

Shaelyn Frances, Blown Away

Tia Semmes, Bottle Wreck

Vanessa Murillo, Sauter De Joie

Honorable mention

Alina Watt, Winter Blizzard “Happy New Year” Card

Allie Burke, Painted Water

America Flores, Chartreuse Bottle

Andrew McCarthy (2), The Undecided Ocean, History and Hobbies

Audrey Becker, Glass Ceiling

Ben Ortiz, Deep Green

Cassandra Chavez, Abstract Body

Colson Zack, Lost at the Lake

David Kirschbaum, Line Reppition and Movement

Ellie Smith, Strong

Fenn Paider, Integrated Interests

Finn Peterson, Flow-ers

Grace Schlemmer, Daydream

Jaqueline Hernandez, Senses

Lauren Orr, Heart of the Garden

Leiah Dschaak, The Color of Childhood

Oralia Linares, Home

Paulina Lee, Two Halves of a Different Whole

Rosie Dillon, Interior Self Portrait

Vanessa Murillo, Abstract Body

Winners in the writing category:

Gold Key

Elizabeth Munoz, poetry, “Scent of a putrid flower”

Silver Key

Lindsey Hegeman, short story, “Valkyrie”

Marlie Voster, critical essay, “The fate of love and religion in the words of Ernest Hemingway”

Honorable mention

Genesis Quezada, personal essay memoir, “The ill-fated survivor”

Samantha Thompson, flash fiction, “Treeling”

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