Recently the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers recognized three Matoaca High School art students for their outstanding work. Over 3,095 students in the Richmond Art Region submitted work to the Scholastic Art Awards judges. Matoaca High students received two Gold Keys and two Silver Keys, a remarkable achievement and milestone as an emerging artist. A panel of Virginia artists and art professionals selected these works from the many outstanding works submitted by Virginia students as the most exceptional in the region. Gold Key artwork will be forwarded to the national level of The Scholastic Art Awards where judging at the national level occurs in mid-March.
Jacklyn Cheely, a 10th grade student of Betsy Wills received a Gold Key for a Mixed Media Sculpture. Chrys Slaughter, a senior AP 2-D design student with Sarah Gladwell received a Gold Key for her Digital Image and Silver Key for his Art Portfolio. Shauna Jones, an junior photo student received a Silver Key for her Digital Photography.