SUMMIT, NJ - Christina Maurizi, Class of 2018, is among a group of 11 Oak Knoll School student artists that took home honors in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. Maurizi claimed two 'Gold Key' Awards for her photos “Basketball Boy” and “Balloon Boy.” She also won three 'Silver Keys' in photography for her works “Maria,” “Backpack Boy” and “Tinkerbell.” Additionally, Maurizi earned an Honorable Mention for her photo, “Little Brother.”

'Gold Key' award winners move on to the national competition which will be held later this year. They are also be part of a special exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum open now through March 23.

Oak Knoll students entered 52 entries, with nine photographers -- including two writers -- as well as two artists earning 22 awards in the annual competitive juried contest, which spans the northern New Jersey region. Two of the photographers also earned awards for writing. Across the nation, the competition yielded more 330,000 works of art and writing last year from students in grades 7-12 in nearly 30 artistic categories.

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In addition to Maurizi, the Oak Knoll winners include:

  • Gab Christie ’19, of Madison, won a Silver Key for her photo, “The Best Times Are Behind Us.”
  • Shannon Costello ’19, of Morristown, won a Silver Key for her photo, “Logan.”
  • Julianna Feit ’20, of Chatham, won a Gold Key for her flash fiction, “Ain’t No Grave.” She also earned an Honorable Mention for drawing, “Value Still Life.” 
  • Stacy Fortes ’18, of Union, received an Honorable Mention for her photo, “Cows in the Netherlands.”
  • Haley Georgen ’18, of Morristown, earned an Honorable Mention for her photo, “City of Love.”
  • Sherry Gu ’18, of Watchung, received an Honorable Mention for her collage “Apollo.”
  • Lindley Hall ’18, of New Providence, earned an Honorable Mention for her photo, “Just Hangin’.”
  • Sophia Ruberti ’18, of West Orange, received an Honorable Mention for her photo, “Blowing Bubbles.”
  • Isabel Salas ’18, of Verona, won two Gold Keys for her photos, “Double Vision” and “Ledge.” In addition, Salas won a Silver Key for a poem entitled, “Tragedy of Takeout.” She also earned an Honorable Mention for her portfolio, “Architecture of Mankind.” A portfolio, within the scope of the competition, constitutes an entry of eight images that stand as a group.
  • Emma Shirkey ’18, of Towaco, won a Silver Key for her photo, “Strength, Grace, Light.” She also received two Honorable Mentions for photos, “Hellooooo” and “Striker.”

Four of this year’s winners – Maurizi, Costello, Fortes and Salas, were also recognized for their photography in the 2017 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum, which is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue, is open Wednesday through Sunday between the hours of 12-5 p.m.

 3 South Mountain Ave., in Montclair, from February 15