"The 35th Annual Visual Art Festival Reception and Award Presentations were held March 18, at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital Medical Office Building.
Participating students entered their work into one of three categories. A panel of judges selected first, second, third, and honorable mention winners in each category. The judges chose the winners based on their technical excellence in a chosen media, consistency in the work, and a distinct 'voice' carried throughout.
The first category, the "Continuing Art Education Scholarship," is open to county high school seniors who have declared a major and will be attending college in the fall. These entrants present a portfolio of their work, similar to a graduating art major in college who is required to hold a senior show.
Scholarships are given by the Medina County Art League, which holds a raffle of donated artwork from its members at the Art in the Park event held annually on the third Sunday in July.
The scholarship winners in this category were: First Place ($1,000), Diana Rice, Cloverleaf High School; Second Place, ($700), Sophie Schrubb, Highland High School; Third Place ($550), Franklin Vallant, Cloverleaf High School, ; and Honorable Mention ($350), Maxfield Goettler, Highland High School.
The winners in the second category, for non-scholarship entries who did not have to be seniors and who did not have to declare college majors, were: First Place, Charlie Reed, Cloverleaf High School. Second, Third, and Honorable Mention were all from Highland High School, respectively: Sarah Pleasant, Alexa Sir Louis, and Ryan Chema.
The winners in the third category, Individual (requiring no porftolio) were: First Place, Kristin Curran, Highland High School, for "Salute;" Second Place Kristin Mullen, Highland High School, for "Trapped in the Cold;" Third Place Laura Miles, Brunswick High School, for "Light or Dark;" and Honorable Mention, Kailey Sandor, Highland High School, for "Shades.""
Thank you from the Medina County Art League to all who participated and more importantly provided funding for the scholarships to support these young men and women in their educational pursuits.