MEQUON - Five students from Lake Shore and Steffen middle schools took home honors in the Scholastic Art Awards.

Two of the five students, Giana Lim of Steffen Middle School and Leila Mohsenian of Lake Shore Middle School, took home Gold Key top honors in the drawing and printmaking categories, respectively.

Lim's work is a drawing called "Jonathan" while Mohsenian's print is called "Inner Beauty Shines."

Additionally, Lake Shore's Colin Corday and Max Miller took home Silver Key awards for printmaking and drawing, respectively. Steffen Middle School student Ayelia Moore and Miller both received an honorable mention in printmaking.

“This is a huge honor for our students, who have worked very hard and demonstrated some impressive natural talents in drawing and printmaking,” said Diane Berndt, art educator at both schools. “These middle school students were competing with many high school students at a statewide level. We are incredibly proud of Giana, Leila, Colin, Max and Ayelia for their remarkable accomplishments.”

Winners were recognized at the Wisconsin Awards Day event on Feb. 11 at the Milwaukee Art Museum with students, families, teachers and principals participating. The Milwaukee Art Museum will display the work of Gold and Silver Key winners. Gold Key recipients are moving on to the national Scholastic Art Awards with the chance to have their work displayed in New York City.

“At MTSD, we believe in providing students with opportunities in the arts, fostering their creativity and allowing them to explore talents they might not even have known they had,” said Superintendent Demond Means. “This is yet another great example of the extraordinary things happening in our schools.”

The Scholastic Art Awards "recognize students for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and a personal voice and vision," according to a press release.

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