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Chatham Students Win Gold Key Scholastic Art Awards

Eitan Miller's piece is titled "Cityscape" Credits: CHS
CHS student Eitan Miller won the Gold Key Award for Photography. Credits: CHS
Natalie Charewicz's piece is titled "Coffee Drinker" Credits: CHS
Julie Hamilton's piece is entitled "Cyber Bullying" (pictured here). Credits: CHS
Left to Right: Students Dani Coates (Honorable Mention, Painting), Natalie Charewicz (Gold Key, Digital Art), and Hannah Wetter (Silver Key, Drawing and Illustration) with Art teacher Eric Hreha. Credits: CHS
Art teacher Kiera Spadaro with Izze Omelczuk (Graphic Design), Joe Alfano (Sculpture), Julie Hamilton (Gold Key, Sculpture), Veronica Kelly (Jewelry) and Marisa Marino (Sculpture). Credits: CHS

Three Chatham High School students have been awarded Gold Key Awards in the Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Senior Natalie Charewicz won in the Digital Art category for her piece “Coffee Drinker;” junior Eitan Miller won in the Photography category for his piece titled “Cityscape;” and junior Julianna Hamilton won in the Sculpture category for her piece titled “Cyber Bullying.”

Additionally, Hannah Wetter was awarded the Silver Key for Drawing and Illustration for her piece “What Am I Thinking?”

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Several Chatham High students also received honorable mention in the competition: Dani Coates in Painting for her piece titled “Carvel,” Veronica Kelly for Jewelry for her piece titled “Sulfur Deposit,” Marisa Marino in Sculpture for her piece titled “Beauty: A Double-Edged Sword,” and Izze Omelczuk in Design for her piece titled “2015-2016- Agenda Cover.” Joseph Alfano received honorable mention in Sculpture for two pieces: “Drift” and “Beetle.”

Art teachers Eric Hreha and Kiera Spadaro commented on their students’ accomplishment: “To be recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is an extremely high honor and puts students in the company of some pretty amazing past winners... you may have heard of a guy named Andy Warhol? Chatham High School had 10 winners in seven different categories: Digital Art, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Jewelry, Drawing, Painting and Photography. We think that the diversity of the talent in our school is remarkable and we are all very proud of the success of our visual arts students.”

The Scholastic Art Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 23, and Gold Key art will be exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum from Feb. 23 through March 26.

The number of Scholastic submissions this year surpassed last year's numbers, with a total of over 4,200 submissions from over 1,462 students. Only 25 percent of the submissions received an award.

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