For the Fourth Consecutive Year, Cleveland's University School posts Top Results at Regional Scholastic Art Competition

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University School students win 10 gold keys, 14 silver keys, and 18 honorable mentions, placing US second in the region in total awards.

University School in Cleveland, Ohio

Gold Key: Tyler Metcalfe's "Glacier River"

Exhibiting, presenting, and hearing the reactions of varying audiences are a critical part of any discipline, especially the arts, so it’s very satisfying to do so well in this prestigious competition.

University School had another impressive year at the 35th annual Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition, with 32 students receiving 42 awards at the event. The school came in second place in the region in total awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year that US has achieved such a strong representation at the competition.

University School students won 10 gold keys, 14 silver keys, and 18 honorable mentions. Gold Key winners continue to the national competition in New York City in June.

Commenting on the students' achievements, Michael Starinsky, Chairman of the Upper School Department of Art and Design Technology, said, “I am extraordinarily pleased and very proud of the work our students created this year. They were expertly guided by our studio faculty, and their craftsmanship and attention to detail are qualities we get compliments on every year. Exhibiting, presenting, and hearing the reactions of varying audiences are a critical part of any discipline, especially the arts, so it’s very satisfying to do so well in this prestigious competition.”

The student works will be on display at a special exhibit, January 14-February 2, in the Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Visit Cleveland Institute of Art for more information.

The gold and silver key recipients are:

Peter Benjamin – silver key, sculpture
Scott Bowman – gold key, sculpture
Trent Dennis – gold key, photography
Ryan Dyke – silver key, sculpture
Max Feldman – silver key, photography
Henry Frontini – 1 gold key and 2 silver keys, sculpture
Rohan Garg – gold key, photography
Harry Hawkes – gold key, sculpture
Eli Kaufman – silver key, digital art
Will Kilroy – gold key, photography
Charlie Krus – silver key, design
Mason Lovell – silver key, sculpture
Mark Megerian – gold key, design
Stephen Merrick – 2 silver keys, art portfolio and sculpture
Tyler Metcalfe – gold key, photography
Jason Outcalt – silver key, photography
John Piazza – silver key, design
James Sheeler – gold key and silver key, sculpture
JP Trojan – silver key, digital art
Matt Vito – gold key, design

University School students received honorable mentions in the following categories:

Digital Art: Ben Davis, and Ryan Gorbett,     
Sculpture: Ryder Bell, Bennett Bowers, Stephen Merrick (two mentions), and James Sheeler
Drawing and Illustration: Miguel Martinez, and Jacob Warhop (two mentions)
Photography: JD Clemens, Rohan Garg, Solomon Lapiana, Jack Shapiro, and Will Taber
Design: Tanner Nordell, and Ben Wesorick.

Starinsky said that when students enter several competitions over the course of the year they develop extremely solid portfolios of works in a variety of media.

“These portfolios serve them well for competition, but perhaps more importantly, they serve as supplements to their college applications,” he noted. “ We hear back from many universities saying that the digital portfolios the students submit help to form a clearer and well-rounded image of the student and enable them to more easily make a distinction between candidates of promise with a wide variety of skills.”

This year, over 1,200 area students in grades 7-12 participated in the competition and submitted for judging more than 3,000 pieces of artwork and writing samples.

About University School:

Founded in 1890, University School is an independent day school, educating boys in kindergarten through grade 12. The school’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Our dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved.

University School maintains two campuses: the Shaker Heights Campus has 460 students in kindergarten through grade 8; the Hunting Valley Campus is home to 420 students in grades 9-12.

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