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Thirty students from our three comprehensive high schools — Maple Grove Senior, Osseo Senior, and Park Center Senior — collectively earned 41 awards in the 2016 Minnesota Scholastic Arts Awards competition. Recognition is awarded in a number of categories earning a Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention. Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be on exhibit with honorable mention artwork displayed digitally from Feb. 2-20 at the Regis Center for Art, West Gallery.
Gold Key award winners are:
•Belle Hulne, The Light of the World, Drawing and Illustration
•Maya Little, Cara Delevingne, Drawing and Illustration
•Piper Mandle, Shells, Jewelry
•Isaac Chang, The Unknown, Digital Art
•Isaac Chang, Jaden, Photography
•Iceline King, Brood, Photography
Silver Key award winners are:
•Piper Mandle, Flight, Jewelry
•Cayli Fischbach, Midway, Photography
•Amira Mohamed, Beige Pierced Lantern, Ceramics & Glass
•Dylan Penny, Black and White Pierced Bottle, Ceramics & Glass
•Autumn Gottsman, Ducks on Sallie, Photography
•Priscilla Phimsirivanno, Mocha, Photography 
Honorable Mention award winners are:
•Paige Even, The Motor, Drawing and Illustration
•Abigail Johnson, 3 piece series - Koi, Yin and Yang, Jewelry
•Piper Mandle, Gears, Jewelry
•Franciso Carlson, Brown Goblet, Ceramics & Glass
•True Dabill, Writing
•Cayli Fischbach, The Big Apple, Photography
•Marietta Herrera, Natures Fireworks, Photography
•Bridgette Howell, Reality of a Face, Drawing and Illustration
•Ben Otten, Clouded Paradise, Photography
•Dylan Penny, Modified Cylinder, Ceramics & Glass
•Sidney Polich, Darkness, Photography
•Matthew Roskowiak, Chilling Secret, Photography
•Edward Torres, Textured Bottle, Ceramics & Glass
•Allison Tullberg, Carved Canister Set, Ceramics & Glass
•Sue Mei Vue, The Knight, Drawing and Illustration
•Sue Mei Vue, Breaking Free, Drawing and Illustration
Sue Mei Vue, Inner Beauty., Drawing and Illustration
•Alexandra Yahn, Acai Candle Sticks, Ceramics & Glass
•Kelly Yernatich, Riding on Water, Photography
•Isaac Chang, Imagination, Digital Art 
•Hannah Kil, Colors of Life, Mixed Media
•Kelly Nilan, Deep Future, Mixed Media
•Kelly Nilan, Once, Print Making
•Priscilla Phimsirivanno, Rose, Digital Art
•Priscilla Phimsirivanno, Tornado, Photography
•Amitwaj Singh, Soldier’s Beat, Digital Art
•Ashley Vang, Self Portrait, Drawing & Illustration
•Jogey Vany, A Stroll in the Everlasting Forest, Sculpture
•Kao Yong Yang, Entrap, Sculpture
The Minnesota Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the highest art recognition for high school students. This year, the contest received 4,900 individual artwork and portfolio entries, an increase of over 2,000 entries from previous years, with 1,264 students winning Gold or Silver Key awards or receiving an Honorable Mention.
The 2015-16 Minnesota Scholastic Art Exhibition is open to the public daily from Feb. 2 to Feb. 20 in the Regis West Gallery, 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis.
-Published Feb. 1, 2016

Celebrate your “School Spirit” at the District 279 Foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner and silent auction on Friday, Feb. 12 at Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park. Proceeds benefit Osseo Area Schools students.

The social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and guest speaker WCCO Co-Anchor Jason DeRusha. RSVP by Feb. 3. Individuals will be able to bid on items in the silent auction both in person and on their personal mobile device.
Event cost is $75 per person; table prices are also available. For more information, visit the District 279 Foundation website or contact Penny Laing.