Four students in three Gwinnett high school art programs recently received gold medals as part of the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards — an upgrade after they earlier this spring received gold keys at a regional competition in Georgia.

They hail from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology, North Gwinnett High School and Parkview High School.

The artwork and students are “Reminisce,” by Allison Chan of GSMST, honored with teacher Jennifer Griner, “Gray Out” by Isabelle Aboderin of North Gwinnett, with teacher Dallas Gillespie, “A Fish out of Water” by Rachel Chang of North Gwinnett with teacher Debi West, and “Orange My Orange” by Cassidy Moncrief of Parkview and teacher Alexandra Scott. Moncrief’s piece won an additional designation, the American Visions Award, one of only 12 such medals given nationally.

The students and their artwork were recently honored at an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall and a breakfast reception at Parsons School of Design for their dedication and accomplishments.

Those awards followed 11 Gwinnett students overall who earned national medals in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The students are Paul Ashley; Savannah Lee, Sarah Parker, and Anna Montgomery, all of Brookwood High School; Isabel Aboderin, Rachel Chang, and Monica Chang, all of North Gwinnett High School; Boris Leonau of Coleman Middle School; Allison Chan of GSMST; Inwook Chung of Mountain View High School; and Chase Matheson of Phoenix High School, who previously earned gold keys in state regional competitions.

Their work was selected from a pool of 320,000 submissions. Coleman’s Boris Leonau was the only middle school winner in the competition.

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