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Northampton High School students win regional art awards

ART AWARDS: Seven Northampton High School students have been recognized for their art portfolios, winning awards and honorable mentions at this year’s Boston Globe Scholastic regional competition.

NHS seniors Lila Hartwell, Sara Moss-Horwitz, Margaux Paine and Joni Sullivan won Gold Key awards for their portfolios, the competition’s highest honor. Senior Elias Miller won a Gold Key for a pastel drawing.

Sullivan and fellow senior Johanna Renard also won Silver Keys for a painting and a print, respectively. NHS junior Joshua Dietz received an honorable mention for three paintings.

Gold Key winners will advance to the national level to compete for $10,000 scholarships. Works by those students, along with the Silver Key winners, will be on display at the state Transportation Building in Boston through April 19. The building is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. but not on Saturday.

The Boston Globe Scholastic awards are affiliated with the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards sponsored by the New York City-based Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The competition is billed as the country’s longest-running school art contest and the largest source of art scholarships.

The Alliance gives out more than $500,000 in scholarships each year to students in grades 7-12. National award winners are also eligible for scholarships from more than 60 other institutions. Past award winners have included Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath and Richard Avedon.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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