Several Aurora High School art students excelled in state and national competitions which took place during the winter months.

AHS art teacher Sean Berrodin reports that Ashley Julian earned a National Silver Key portfolio award, while other national awards went to Devan Ternai (gold key painting), Nicholas Hradisky (two silver key paintings and American Vision award) and Sarah Kronz (silver key drawing).

The local students who earned national honors will be honored June 6 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Art by American Vision award winners will be displayed at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and other national honorees will exhibit at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parsons the New School for Design, both from June 5-14.

The awards will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall on June 6 at 6 p.m.

"Art is probably one of the most important aspects in my life right now, and will continue to be for the rest of my life," said Julian, who is the daughter of David and Sylvia Julian. "Winning an award in the scholastic competition and being able to attend Carnegie Hall with other medalists has been one of the highlights of my senior year."

She explained her portfolio is titled "socially misfit." She has painted several pieces of socially unacceptable behaviors or actions that are frowned upon in society.

"I wanted to express to my audience that no matter what we deem as acceptable, people are still going to do what they want," she explained.

The Alliance for Young Arts & Writers partners with art institutes, colleges and universities nationwide to provide scholarship for these Scholastic Art Awards winners.

More than $250,000 is given annually through the scholastic awards program, while more than $8 million is set aside by partners (colleges and universities).

THE SCHOLASTIC Art & Writing Awards date to 1923 and are the most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States and the nation's largest source of scholarships for artists and writers.

From about 12,000 regional entries in the Ohio Governor's Art Show, AHS's Brett Poremba placed in the top 25 and earned a Governor's Award of Excellence, while Julian, Kronz, Hradisky, Logan Gross, Ashleigh Blatnick, Randee Pollarine, Dana Cassidy and Katie Smith placed in the top 300.

In addition to those nine students, the following warned top regional honors: Kyle Brown, Megan Chorley, Michelle Cline, Olivia Eitzman, Carlye Hutchinson, Helen Krondorfer, Eric Laponi, Nicole Lucas, Jenny McGregor, Alexis Benjamin, Jenna Punala, Sara Stein and Kelly Sheridan.

Earning high honors in the recent Beachwood Arts Council 19th annual juried regional high school student art show were Blatnick, Benjamin, Poremba and Pollarine.

At the Ohio Scholastic Art Competition, Hradisky earned another American Vision Award, which means he was the "best of show" from all artwork entered.

Gold portfolio medals went to Hradisky, Julian and Kronz (two).

Winning gold keys -- these students are the ones whose work was forwarded to New York City for national judging -- were Hradisky, Julian, Kronz, Benjamin, Blatnick, Chorley, Taylor Fritzsche, Pollarine, Puhala, Megan Salzano, Sheridan, Smith and Ternai.

Earning silver keys were Blatnick, Cassidy, Chorley, Julie Dombroski, Livi Eitzman, Gross, Hradisky, Julian, Lucas, McGregor, Monica Novak, Chelsea Parson, Pollarine, Puhala, Daria Ryabogin, Sheridan and Smith.

Honorable mentions were Benjamin, Blatnick, Cassidy, Chorley, Michelle Cline, Nadia Dey, Livi Eitzman, Alyssa Fejko, Erin Grohe, Karle Hirter, Gross, Hradisky, Lauren Hunt, Nikki Hurlbut, Hutchinson, Julian, Kronz, McGregor, Payton Messner, Isabella Pollack, Pollarine, Poremba, Puhala, Ryabogin, Sheridan and Smith.