Hudson -- Nearly 40 Hudson High School art students garnered more than 100 awards during the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest earlier this year.

"I was ecstatic when I found out the results," said Hudson High School photography teacher Tim Naujoks.

The awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, was founded to recognize students for their talents in a variety of art mediums as well as writing and filmmaking.

Naujoks said he was surprised close to 40 students from his classes and the classes of fine arts teacher Carolyn Huber wanted to submit their work.

"Then I was amazed by the number of works they submitted and the number of portfolios the students entered," Naujoks said.

Thirty-nine HHS students won 111 awards, including 29 gold keys (the highest honor), 30 silver keys, 49 honorable mentions, and three portfolio awards.

A portfolio is made up of eight separate projects/photographs, Naujoks said.

To have such a collection recognized shows the students' artwork/photos are exceptional, Naujoks added.

"It's a great accomplishment to win any award," Naujoks said.

"It shows their artwork/photos are exceptional and it also looks great on college applications," he added.

Many colleges give scholarships for students who win portfolios and "gold key" awards, he added.

Seniors Mary Lauletta and Justin Gamble won portfolio awards.

Mary won 22 awards, including two portfolio awards. Her work appeared in the First 7 Main gallery "Space," Jan. 26.

"Finding out Hudson students won three portfolios was incredible; and having one student win two herself is unheard of," said Naujoks, who has been involved with the contest for 14 years. "I have never heard of this."

One of Mary's portfolios was a set of computer enhanced self portraits. He other portfolio included a variety of architectural photographs using high dynamic range photography.

"It's like when you take three or five pictures of different exposures and layer them," she said. "Then you pull out the brightest colors of each layer so the picture becomes almost like a painting."

Another of Mary's photographs, "Under a Train," is featured in the 2013 Academy Graphic Communication desk calendar.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards began in 1923. More than 90,000 students nationwide in grades seven through 12 submitted more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Past winners include: Truman Capote in 1932, Richard Avedon in 1941, Andy Warhol around 1945, Sylvia Plath in 1947, Robert Redford in 1954, and Zac Posen in 1998.


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