Thank you to all the Hartsbrook students who entered work in this prestigious program this year, and congratulations to those who received recognition! Gold Key Awards Danté (12th grade) for his print, “Building and Bodies” Maura (8th grade) for her poem, “Starless Nights” Silver Key Award Danté for his painting, “American Dream” Honorable Mentions Lucy (12th grade) for her poem, “One’s Realm” Alena (10th grade) for her personal essay, “Reflections” Hero (10th grade) for her short story, “Queen of the Supermarket” Lila (10th grade) for her photo, “Escape” Quentin (8th grade) for his photograph, “Malcolm” These regional awards are open to Massachusetts students in grades seven through 12 and are sponsored by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston, in conjunction with The Boston Globe. This year the Massachusetts arm of the program received more than 15,000 entries in Art, and about 2,500 writing entries. There were more than 50 judges who had to make hard choices based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision. Read or view all of the winners’ works in the upcoming issue of the Hartsbrook High School’s PotLuck Literary & Arts Magazine — coming in May! Special Kudos to Danté Each year the winners of the Gold Keys in the regional competition are entered automatically for consideration in the National Awards. This year Danté made it all the way to a Gold Medal in the national arena for “Building and Bodies”! Only the top 1% of the 350,000 works of art and writing submitted across the country were recognized at this national level. Here are the criteria the judges applied when considering Dante’s work: Originality — work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed. Technical Skill — work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative. Personal Vision or Voice — work with an authentic and unique point of view and style. Danté will attend a special recognition ceremony, and his work will be displayed at Carnegie Hall along with winners from all over the country on Thursday, June 2. This is a very special honor, and we congratulate you, Danté!