High School Artists Recognized

by | Jan 29, 2016

Several Auburn High School students were recently recognized for their artwork. Auburn High School Visual Arts Instructor, Amanda Halsdorff, announced that Anisa Sherzai, Megan Johnson, and Dakota Gleason were selected for awards at this year’s Boston Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Their work was chosen from over 15,000 entries for originality, technical skill, and personal vision.

Anisa Sherzai received a Gold Key for her colored pencil drawing Reflection and a Silver Key for a second colored pencil drawing Chef’s Storage.  Megan Johnson received a Gold Key for her chalk pastel drawing Shaming Myself. Dakota Gleason received an Honorable Mention for her cut paper project The God King. 

Gold and Silver Key winners will be invited to a ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts on March 12, 2016. Gold Key winners’ work will be featured at an exhibition at EF, Education First, from March 5–20. Their work will proceed to the national competition which will be judged in March.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.



The following students also participated in Anna Maria College’s High School Art Competition. This local exhibition is held every year in the gallery at Anna Maria’s Miriam Hall in Paxton, and features work from a number of surrounding schools.

Dakota Gleason; Olivia Obrebski; Alexis Wilson; Samantha Paradis; Megan Johnson; Anisa Sherzai