Students who competed in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art regional won a record 51 medals during national judging for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program, the museum announced Tuesday.
The awards were announced during the Formal/Funky event held Monday night at the museum, where regional Scholastic winners can celebrate their success and express creativity through their attire.
The medal total ranks the Fort Wayne regional fourth among the 115 regionals nationwide, the news release said. This is the seventh consecutive year the museum’s regional has been ranked among the Top 10 regionals, based on total number of national awards.
Students competing in the Fort Wayne regional won 47 national awards in 2013 and 30 in 2012.
The success in 2013 also earned the museum a national award, the Gold Key for Excellence in the Field, for the way it organized and hosted the regional Scholastic competition.
“The No. 1 reason our students and museum are so successful with this program is the sweat equity we and the participating teachers have put into this competition,” Max Meyer, the museum’s director of children’s education, said in the news release. “Despite an unprecedented amount of snow, canceled school, and only three solid days to upload nearly 4,300 pieces of art and writing for judging, we broke through last year’s record (number of entries). We’re all so very proud of that.”
Students submitted about 4,300 entries this year, about 700 more than in 2013.
This also was the first year students in the Fort Wayne regional had to submit their art work as digital photographs rather than to bring in the actual piece of art. The art museum used those same photos when forwarding local winning pieces to New York for national judging.
The Scholastic competition, which is co-sponsored locally by The News-Sentinel, is open to middle and high school students. At the Fort Wayne Museum of Art regional, art entries came from students at schools in 13 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties. The writing competition included students from schools in 39 Indiana counties and 13 Ohio counties.
The museum forwarded top winners here — 294 in art and 265 in writing — to New York for national judging, which typically includes 20,000 to 30,000 entries, the news release said. Area students’ work earned 27 national art medals and 24 national writing medals.
Students participating in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art regional also have received a combined total of more than $1 million in college scholarship offers in each of the past seven years, the museum’s news release said.