MILLBURN, NJ — In a press release sent out by the school district, Millburn Public Schools announced that art students in the district won 52 awards in this year's Northern NJ Regional Scholastic Art competition.

According to the release, the Scholastic Art and Writing competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The mission of the competition is to identify, motivate and validate the next generation of artists and writers.

The Scholastic Art competition is also the nation's longest-running, largest and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts in the United States.

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In order to select the winners, a panel of jurors, consisting of artists, photographers, designers, educators and curators reviewed thousands of works of art submitted by students in grades 7-12 from throughout the Northern New Jersey Region. 

The process is "blind" so the jurors do not know any personal information (name, town, school) about the students. The artwork is reviewed with the following criteria of Originality, Technical Skill, and Emergence of Personal Vision.

The regional awards include the Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention in two separate categories; Individual and Senior Portfolio.

The following students were selected across the various merit categories;

GOLD KEY WINNERS: Lily Barrack, Raesie Gao, Ishani Juneja, Kate Lama, Jennifer May, Justin Nelson, Gabrielle Stoller, April Wang, Ashley Wang, Chloe Zarin and Betty Zheng

SILVER KEY WINNERS: Jordyn Axelrod, Mikayla Barber, Ethan Chan, Nicholas Cosereanu, Kevin Dai, Julia Davisson, Jiarong Du, Angela Huang, Ishani Juneja, Kate Lama, Alexander Ma, Annie Tan, Caroline Vestergaard, Emma Wang, Annabelle Wu, Ellie Yatco and Margaret Zu

HONORABLE MENTION: Jordyn Axelrod, Deiondre Demeterio, Alex DeRosa, Jiarong Du, Eden Elder, Dillon Greenberg, Agnes Han, Beatrice Han, Natalie Ho, Angela Huang, Amanda Jin, Aiden Jones, Kate Lama, Tiffany Lan, Alexander Ma, Michelle Qiu, Bella Ries, Lucy Salas, Gabrielle Stoller, Yuqi Sun, Jacob Updyke, Caroline Vestergaard, Emma Wang, Chloe Zarin, Betty Zheng and Margaret Zu

Gold Key winners are eligible to exhibit one Gold Key winning work of art at the Scholastic Art Award exhibition at Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Gold Key winning work will be exhibited at MAM from Feb. 15 to March 22, 2020. Museum hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.