Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garfield Ridge Artist Earns Acclaim

Garfield Ridge resident Rachel Kapusciarz is one of six
Mother McAuley High School students who recently took top honors in the prestigious Scholastic Art, Midwest Regional Competition.

Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12.

A senior at McAuley, Rachel received a Gold Key for her drawing titled Safari, and a Silver Key for her editorial cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation.

Additionally, Rachel received two "honorable mentions" for her artworks titled Xanadu and Interesting Closet Space.

This program year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to 122 affiliate regions across the country. As one of the largest national affiliates, the Belin-Blank Center adjudicated over 7,000 pieces of art and writing from the Iowa and Midwest Regions. Creative teens from Iowa and the Midwest received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, and/or American Visions & Voices nominations.

“The Mother McAuley Visual Arts & Technology Department faculty are elated to have our student artwork recognized and honored, not only within the state of Illinois but within the Midwest region,” said Visual Arts & Technology Department Chair Kathy Gordon Davis. “These artworks are the manifestation of our young women engaging their imagination, thinking outside the box, developing disciplined effort, building self-confidence and technical skills.”

Also earning commendations in the competition were McAuley seniors Yessica Pineda and Emily Tonkovich, junior Elizabeth Ward and sophomore Abby Graeber.

Photo Caption: (From left to right) Emily Tonkovich, Rachel Kapusciarz, Abby Graeber, Elizabeth Ward, Charlotte Wagner and Yessica Pineda.

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