scholastic-awards-logoThe Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Visual Arts students recently received awards in the prestigious Regional Scholastic Art Competition hosted by The Mississippi Museum of Art, including 1 Silver Key in Sr. Portfolio, 11 Gold Keys, 24 Silver Keys and 50 Honorable Mentions.

The work of the talented young artists receiving Gold and Silver Keys will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson February 18th – April 2nd as part of the exhibition for the Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

MSA Students receiving awards include: From Jackson, Chrystian Butler – one Gold Key, two Silver Keys and four Honorable Mentions; Xavier Carroll – three Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions; Tyler Johnson – six Honorable Mentions. From Brandon, Octavion Singleton received one Silver Key and three Honorable Mentions; Orchid Berch received one Honorable Mention. From Clinton, Gabrielle Davis received three Gold Keys, One Silver Key and one Honorable Mention; Ella Adair received one Honorable Mention. Caroline Moran of Madison received two Honorable Mentions. From Brookhaven, Ade’ola Ayedun received two Gold Keys, two Silver Keys and one Honorable Mention; Emmanuel Williams received one Gold Key, one Silver Key and five Honorable Mentions. From Long Beach, Whitney Baker received one Gold Key, three Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions; Sydney Robertson received one Gold Key, one Silver Key for her Sr. Portfolio and one Honorable Mention. Javlyn Smith of Bay St. Louis won two Silver Keys and one Honorable Mention; Rebecca Fish of Biloxi won one Silver Key and one Honorable Mention; Piper Bott of Meridian received one Honorable Mention; Morgan Bailey of Satillo received one Gold Key and one Silver Key; Constance Gapp of Pontotoc received one Gold Key and seven Honorable Mentions; Jacob Graves of Ruleville received one Silver Key; Jessica Guntharp of Mantachie received one Silver Key and one Honorable Mention; Abigail Holmes of Jayess won three Silver Keys and four Honorable Mentions; Jemma Lizotte of Oxford won one Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions; Aerimiss Mays of Greenwood won one Gold Key and two Honorable Mentions; Alexis Weaver of Booneville received two Honorable Mentions.

The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts the Mississippi Regional Competition each year. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools from across the state participate in the competition. Approximately 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories, are judged by a panel of judges over a course of several days. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Those works awarded American Visions and Gold Keys advance to the national competition.

The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is an eleventh and twelfth grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located on the historic Whitworth College campus in Brookhaven, MS. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts, media arts and theatre. Students interested in MSA apply by February 1st of their sophomore year.



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