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2018-19 Scholastic Art Award winners

Middletown High School senior Ethan Astacio led a talented group of district students honored in the 2018-19 regional Scholastic Art and Writing awards contest.

Astacio won three Gold Key awards in digital art, coming off winning two last year. A Gold Key award is the highest award given in the contest, which features the work of students in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Dutchess counties.

Senior Emily Whitby and junior Allison Zuclich each won two Gold Keys in digital art as Middletown students finished with 17. Middletown also had 40 Silver Key winners, and 63 pieces received honorable mention. The Gold Key and Silver Key winners will be honored at the regional ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz. Their work will be on display at the Fine Arts Building-Rotunda.

Whitby also won three Silver Key awards, all in digital art. Zuclich won a Silver Key in digital art last year. Astacio also won a Silver Key this year in digital art.

Middletown's Gold Key and Silver Key winners will be recognized at the March 7 Board of Education meeting.

Other Middletown highlights include:
•Stiviyan Dragiev won a Gold Key and a Silver Key in photography.
•Alejandra Esquivas won a Gold Key and a Silver Key in photography.
•Layevska Guity won a Gold Key and a Silver Key in digital art.
•Julian Reyes won a Gold Key and a Silver Key in digital art.
•Cynthia Tuzo won a Gold Key and a Silver Key in photography.
•Amalia Thorpe won a Silver Key in three categories: Digital art, photography and drawing/illustration.
•Izabella Maldonado won two Silver Keys in drawing/illustration.
•Katelyn Rodriguez won two Silver Keys in digital art.
•Anaiyah Cruz won a Silver Key in painting and drawing/illustration.


See Middletown’s Gold Key and Silver Key winners

See those Middletown students who received honorable mention

See the work of the Gold Key winners

See the work of the Silver Key winners

Congratulations to the following teachers, who helped guide our students through the process: Alana Mendola, Colleen Dopico, Dana Herm, Danielle Strommer, Jennifer Adams-Brazil, Jessica Halstead, John Pecora, Kaileigh Osarczuk, Lauren Ras, Sara McKenna and Victoria McMurray.