MONTCLAIR, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and Advanced Placement (AP) art student Ruth Donagher has been awarded a “Silver Key” in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards competition for her self-portrait. Her work, along with pieces from other top artists, will be on view at the Montclair Art Museum during a reception on Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“I’m very excited and honored to be at the Montclair Art Museum," said Donagher. "It’s a great opportunity to get out into the community and it’ll be a lot of fun to appreciate all of the hard work of the other students I’ll meet there."

More than 100 arts and literary organizations partner with Scholastic annually to select top works of art and literature from students spanning grades 7-12 in 29 categories. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

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Last year, Scholastic received more than 350,000 entries for review.

"I am so proud of Ruth's accomplishment, and her passion for art and hard work deserves much recognition," said WOHS AP art teacher Heather Young.

Donagher's award-winning self-portrait is only one in a series of recognitions for the talented artist.

She has also received two back-to-back Governor's awards for Costume and Set Design at the annual Thespian Festival Chapter Select Competition and designed an award-winning mural for the Nikhil Badlani Foundation featuring Nikhil's Pledge, which is now law in the State of New Jersey. 

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions or American Voices & Visions Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.