Ten Island high school students have been awarded top prizes in the Boston Globe’s 2012 Scholastic Art Awards for work ranging from a ceramic pot with a snake on it to a photo of bare feet in the rain.

The winning works, including ceramics, glass, drawings and photography, were selected from 14,000 entries, with less than 5 per cent winning the top honor, a Gold Key. Nine Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students won Gold Keys, as did one Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School student.

Seven high school students won Silver Keys, and 15 students won an Honorable Mention. Less than a quarter of entries won an award of any kind, according to high school photo/graphics teacher Chris Baer.

The Gold Key–winning works of regional high school students Sadie Dix, Lauren Dostal, Skylah Forend, Leah Fortes, Fionnuala Howell, Ella Mahoney, Hannah Moore, Charlotte Potter and Truda Silberstein, as well as Charter School student Eli Dagostino, will be entered in the national Scholastic Art competition in New York city this spring.

Gold and Silver Key winners will have their work displayed in a Boston gallery. Works of art that won honorable mentions will be on display at the school.

“It’s a really good showing,” said art teacher Brendan Coogan, who is in his first year at the high school. He said Chantal Booker’s Silver Key winning work of fused/stained glass came from experimenting in the classroom.

Artwork from the visual arts classes is abundant around the high school, which Mr. Coogan said helps attract new students to the program. There is also “a lot of support and interest from the rest of the school” for the program, said Mr. Coogan.


A complete list of winners follows.

Gold Key winners include Eli Dagostino for the photograph Nothing Else Matters, Sadie Dix for the photograph Flesh Does Not Define Me, Lauren Dostal for the photograph The Colors of Our Lives, Skylah Forend for the photograph Dancing in the Rain, Fionnuala Howell for an untitled photograph, Leah Fortes for the drawing Portrait in Black and White, Ella Mahoney for the photograph Teddy and I, Hannah Moore for the ceramics/glass piece Snake Pot, Charlotte Potter for the photograph Beauty and the Beat Portrait and Truda Silberstein for a photo portfolio.

Silver Key winners include Chantal Booker for the ceramics/glass piece Fused/Stained Glass, Sadie Dix for the photograph The Window Goes Both Ways, Charlotte Hall for an untitled photograph, Kyle Joba-Woodruff for the photograph Grown Children, Hannah Moore for the fashion piece A Magazine Dress Squared, Lila Quinn for the photograph Wish Strings and Raz Sayre for the photograph Outside Job.

Honorable Mention winners include Bradley Carroll for the photograph Picked Last for Kickball, Samantha Chaves for the photograph A Penny for my Thoughts, Aoife Estes for the painting Charlie, Colby Gouldrup for the ceramics/glass piece Pottery, Lucy Hackney for the photograph Bullet Holes, Charlotte Hall for an untitled photograph, Christine Janak for the drawing Silence and the mixed media piece Trapped in Technology, Kyle Joba-Woodruff for the film/animation To The City And Back, Raine Monast for the photograph Here in Spirit, Hannah Moore for the sculpture My Burlesque Girl and the mixed media piece My Sister and I, Caitlin Serpa for the drawing Apparition of an Indian Chief, Isabel Smith for the photograph A Drop in the Ocean and Sara Thompson for the ceramics/glass piece Apok.