Each year Westview students participate in the Scholastic Art Awards, a regional art and writing competition. The region is very competitive, being ranked the 4th best in the nation, falling short to major cities such as New York. It is an honor to be recognized by the Scholastic competition.
Westview Jr.-Sr. High School had four students honored this year’s competition.
Katie Hawk, a senior, received a Gold Key for her work in printmaking. Jenada Lambright, a 7th grader, received a Gold Key for her work in drawing. Zephenie Reed, a junior, was awarded a Silver Key for a printmaking piece. Jeannie Miller, a junior, received honorable mention for a painting piece.
All students received their awards at a February ceremony in Ft. Wayne. All awarded pieces from the region will be on exhibit at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art (FWMoA) through April.
Jesse Martin, art teacher at Westview, was also honored at the awards ceremony with the Dick Blick Young Teacher Award. The award is given annually to two young teachers who exhibit dedication and excellence, and are selected by FWMoA Director of Children’s Education Max Meyer as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Martin has shown dedication to her students by driving them three hours round trip to monthly to FWMoA Art Club meetings, giving them exposure to artwork being created by their peers and by professionals around the world.
“I grew up in an incredibly small town and it was teachers like Jesse Martin that opened up a world of possibilities for me as a young student,” said Meyer in presenting the award. “Teachers like Jesse need to be celebrated and supported. The museum was more than happy to play that role.”
Martin received $75 in certificates for art supplies which will be donated back to the art program at Westview.