The Contest Of The Keys


Photo by Elizabeth Nakka

Winning Ceramic Sculpture “Raindrops”

Halfway through the school year, the winner of the annual Scholastic Art Awards have been announced and PRHS obviously has some talents up its sleeve!

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in grades 7 to 12. Led by PRHS art teacher Ms Davis, she is now participating for the seventh year with Bears! She chooses the students best fit for the competition and helps them prepare before they then compete.

“I look for students that have created artwork that hits on the main scoring factors for the competition: Originality, Technical Skill, & Emergence of Personal Voice/ Personal Vision… Having strong technical skill is always key, but I also look for artwork that makes a statement and that has a unique personal vision that truly shows the personality and voice of the artist,” said Davis.

Having found the right talents, the Scholastic Art Awards start out statewide. The awards themselves are rated with a Gold Key for the first place, a silver one for the second place, and honorable mentions. The Gold-Key winners then move up to the second level, where their artwork gets judged nationally. Finally, if they get the national Gold Key, they have the pleasure to show their work at the National Exhibition typically held in New York City. “My favorite part is getting to celebrate all the amazing artwork that has been created in the past year… There is so much amazing work that you get to experience in this show,” Davis says.

If a Bear has the opportunity to do so will become clear next month. Otherwise, the regional Gold Keys get the opportunity to show their work in Denver- PRHS already has many showcases:

With his Portfolio Quarantine, his charcoal drawing Haircut, and the gouache painting Chores, Greyson Turner (12) got three Gold Keys! Given that, he is on his way to the national competition.

Next to him, Lily Hill (12) got two Gold Keys for her expressive photographs What if and Drained. On her win she says: “I´m super glad I took part because it´s a good practice for future contests … I´m really happy about it.”

Photograph Drained by Lily Hill

Elizabeth Nakka (12) received a Gold Key for her Ceramic Sculpture Raindrops and even got a 2020 special award called Against All Odds for this sculpture.

Besides the Gold Key winners, our high school has a lot of other artistic talents, who got amazing feedback from the regional jury. Seniors Greyson Turner, Madison Smith, and Eleanor Hardwick, as well as junior Megan King, brought back an additional two Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions!

Artwork Scrub for 20 Seconds by Megan King

When asked about her preparation and overall thoughts about her win, King said, “I prepared by creating totally original pieces that I felt were good enough to compete with others… I feel okay about my win. I got a Silver Key this year and a Gold Key last year, so I felt like I could do much better.”

With those words said and a lot of talents in their pockets, PRHS is now on its way to the National Awards and we all cannot wait for the results!