Arts / Entertainment

Local Students Win Art and Literature Competition

By Sam Miller
'Je T'aime' by Kyle Soden of Honesdale High School, who won a Silver Key Award
A number of local students are taking home awards for their art and writing. The Regional Scholastic Art Awards is held by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world. At the recent virtual awards ceremony, students from Delaware Valley School District, Wayne Highlands School District, Western Wayne School District, and Forest City Regional School District were among many others given awards for their work. Two Delaware Valley students, Michelle Andia and Milada Burovova, were chosen as two of five American Vision Nominees. They, along with six other students will be invited to participate in the national competition.

American Vision Nominees are Sabriya Seid, 12th-grade, Abington Heights High School under the direction of Eileen Healey; Julia Poncavage, 11th-grade Crestwood High School under the direction of Ann Gubitose; Michelle Andia, 12th-grade Delaware Valley High School, under the direction of Christine Sweeney; Milada Burovova, 12th-grade Delaware Valley High School under the direction of Irene Lantz; and Ava Badyrka, 10th-grade Mid Valley Secondary Center under the direction of Samantha McGraw.



Gold Key Awards were awarded to the following: Michelle Andia (12th) and Matthew Nzasi (12th) of Abington Heights High School; Ava Badyrka (10th), Julia Poncavage (11th) of Crestwood High School; Olivia Outt (12th) and Emma Varano (12th) of Danville Area High School; Milada Burovova (12th), Asela Chrysann Calvert (11th), Youngeun Choi (9th), Sage Henry (10th), Sophia Miller (11th), and Kendall Mrozinski (12th) all of Delaware Valley High School; Claire Urbas (12th) of Forest City Regional Jr Senior High School; Taylor Vlassis (12th) of Lackawanna Trail Junior Senior High School; Ava Badyrka (12th) of Mid Valley Secondary Center; Cecelia Adams (11th) of Montrose Junior Senior High School; Leah Crawley (10th), Parker Dubiel (12th), Gabrielle Edwards (12th), Kasey Portanova (12th) of North Pocono High School; Aiden Itsalapron (12th) of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School; Sarah Sulek (12th) of Pocono Mountain East High School; (12th), Maggie Bede (12th), Nancy Ho (11th), and Paige McConlogue (12th) of Scranton High School; and Lilly Maros (8th) of Western Wayne Middle School.



Silver Key was awarded to the following students: Matthew Nzasi (12th) of Abington Heights High School; Sabriya Seid (12th), Kiera Chillis (12th) of Danville Area High School; Michelle Andia (12th), Anna Bailor (12th), Jarett Baka (12th), Sage Henry (10th), Joclyn Irons (12th), Kendall Mrozinski (12th), Gavin Munro (12th), Rachel Richter (11th), Ethan Sansolis (11th) all of Delaware Valley High School; Emily Johannes (12th), and Kyle Soden (12th) of Honesdale High School, and Leah Crawley (10th), Gabrielle Edwards (12th), Maya Kulick (11th), Kasey Portanova (12th ) of North Pocono High School; Aiden Itsalapron (11th) of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Maggie Bede (12th), Sadie Bracey (12th), Sarah Goldberg (12th), Mia Macavage (11th), and Sharon McConlogue (12th) all of Scranton High School; Amaya Cruz (12th) of Stroudsburg High School; Lilly Maros (8th) of Western Wayne Middle School; Porter Dawson (10th) of Williamsport Area High School; and Luke Duthie (11th) of Wyoming Seminary Upper School.



Honorable Mention was awarded to Matthew Nzasi (12th) of Abington Heights High School; Briauna Hausser (10th) of Blue Ridge High School; Noelle Stamm (12th) of Danville Area High School; Michelle Andia (12th), Cayden Bell (12th), Milada Burovova (12th), Noelani Felix (11th), Joshua Flick (12th); Kristen Henry (12th), Bryan Morley (12th), Gavin Munro (12th), Rachel Richter (11th), and Ethan Sansolis (11th) all of Delaware Valley High School; Claire Urbas (12th) Forest City Regional Jr Senior High School; Ha Young Kim (11th) Homeschooled; Kyle Soden (12th) and Claragail Wheeler (10th) of Honesdale High School; Alexandra Dejesus (10th) of Mid Valley Secondary Center; Abby Kutalek (12th) of Montrose Junior-Senior High School; Leah Crawley (10th), Parker Dubiel (12th); Gabrielle Edwards (12th); Maya Kulick (11th); Kasey Portanova (12th) all of North Pocono High School; Leilani Chung (12th) of Pleasant Valley High School; Deanna Hoffner (12th), Shelby Jurasits (12th), Sarah Sulek (12th) of Pocono Mountain East High School; Kayla Walsh (12th) of Reach Cyber Charter School; Madelyn Casey (12th); Sarah Goldberg (12th), Mia Macavage (11th), Paige McConlogue (12th), Emma McNally (12th), Abigail Wilson (11th), Kathryn Wozniak (11th) all of Scranton High School; Lyric Ray (12th) of Stroudsburg High School; Anna Brown (7th), and Grace Ronacher (8th) of Wayne Highlands Middle School; Bailey Stanford (12th) of Wilkes-Barre Area School District - CAPAA, and Carter Dawson (11th) of Williamsport Area High School.