Congratulations to Kelci Banks, Gordon-Michael VanHook, and several other talented JHS art students for receiving National and Regional Awards from the Scholastic Arts Program! Kelci Banks received a National Gold Medal for her piece titled, Pocus, and Gordon VanHook received a National Silver Medal for his piece titled, Road Kill Snake Skin Necklace. Both students designed and created their jewelry pieces in Mrs. Theresa Applegate’s Jewelry I and II classes at JHS. This honor comes just one month after 16 JHS students received 25 Regional Scholastic Awards for their jewelry pieces. The awards were presented at an annual ceremony held at the Gheens Academy in Louisville, KY. All award-winning student work was also on display at Gheens Academy and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft throughout the month of February.
JHS National Scholastic Art Award recipients, Kelci and Gordon, have been invited to attend the 92nd Annual Awards event in New York City in June. The awards weekend includes a ceremony at Carnegie Hall and a celebration in Times Square. Previous artists to receive this award while in high school include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
In addition to Theresa Applegate, the Visual Arts team at Jeffersonville High School includes Jennifer Beckman and Angie Wolf. The entire department is to be commended for their commitment to providing excellent Art Education at JHS and unique opportunities to students. This is the third year for the Jewelry program at JHS, and the third year for students to receive National Scholastic Awards for work in this medium. Jeffersonville High School is the only southern Indiana school to receive a 2015 national award in this competition. Congratulations to Kelci, Gordon, and all recipients of 2015 Scholastic Art Awards. See the gallery below for more of the award-winning jewelry pieces designed and created by these talented JHS art students.