Sandburg High School senior Renee Kelliher displays her national Silver Award-winning artwork. | Supplied photo
Renee Kelliher, a senior at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, earned a Silver Award at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in New York.
Her piece, judged to demonstrate high honors at the national level, is one of 24 original works of art Kelliher is producing for the Advanced Placement Portfolio.
Sandburg sent 19 individual works and three portfolios to be judged at the national competition.
The art of Sarah Alvarez, Claudia Bixler, Andrea Dunn, Kelliher, Maddie Kozlowski and Madeline Oswiecimski all earned Gold Keys at a regional competition before going to the national competition.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have a legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
The awards are an opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary arts-focused organizations across the country to bring the awards to local communities.
Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.