Millburn High School senior, Alexandra Fagan, has won a National Silver Key art award in the 2010 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. This is the second year that the Millburn High School Art Department has been represented in the National "Winners Circle" for this prestigious competition. Last year two Millburn High School seniors, Michael Cummo and Kyle Scharf, also won National Silver Key Awards.
This year's process began back in December when art students submitted their work to the Regional competition for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Millburn High School students won thirty-two awards in that competition, and were celebrated at an awards ceremony at Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey in February. The thirteen pieces that won the top "Gold Key" Awards were then juried at the national level, and Alexandra's piece was ultimately selected to receive a National Silver Key Award. Winning a Scholastic Award at the National level is quite an accomplishment. The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which organizes the competition, states on their website that "This year, more than 165,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students from across the country. In late February, 11,000 Gold Key works were forwarded for review on the national level. After all the judging was complete, the awards committee bestowed approximately 1,300 students with national honors."
Alexandra will receive her National Silver Key Award along with an award for her teacher, Kathleen Harte Gilsenan, during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 9th. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the longest running and most prestigious art competition for middle school and high school students in the United States. The competition promotes creative thinking and technical skills and these goals are aligned with the focus of Millburn Township's art curriculum.