HUDSON -- Almost 50 students brought home 200 separate honors from the 2017 Scholastic Art, Photography and Writing Awards Jan. 28 at the Kent State University - Stark campus.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognize and identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent. The competition also gives students the opportunity for recognition and scholarship.
Hudson High School senior Kay Bodrock was the winner of the "American Vision Award," which was awarded to only four other regional entrants. Kay also earned "Best in Show" for her 'lol egg' painting which was featured on the cover of the 2017 Scholastic Arts Awards program.
"When I was painting it, everyone else was painting really nice things," Kay said. "Like someone was painting a cake and stuff and I was just painting an egg. I thought it was really funny, and I would walk around the room saying lol egg and showing them my art."
The 11-by-17-inch oil painting is named after the abbreviation "lol" which stands for laughing out loud and is used frequently on social media.
Kay took her first mixed media art class last school year and her first painting class this year, she said.
"I really wasn't interested in taking formal art classes until last year," Kay said. "I thought 'what the heck I'll take it for the fun of it, and I ended up really liking it."
Last year Kay entered and was awarded an honorable mention. This year she followed that up by entering eight pieces.
"I won a gold medal and I won a silver medal for a piece I did in black and white charcoal on gray paper," she said.
The silver medal was for "Malfunction," she said.
"[Malfunction] was a portrait of someone and their face was kind of broken up into different pieces next to each other at different levels," Kay said.
Kay was surprised she won.
"It was hard for me to believe I had won for that because I had done better things," she said.
Kay has applied and been accepted to the Cleveland Institute of Art, the California College of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"We are just figuring out financially which one will be better for me," Kay said.
Kay who lives at home with her dad Bob, mom Anne, and brother, Matthew, hopes to enter the Governor's Show later this year.
"My parents have been always very supportive of me in the arts and I'm really glad about that," Kay said. "I've had that all my life."
Kay is a student of art teacher Carolyn Huber.
"Kay is an amazing young artist with natural, raw talent," Huber said. "She continues to push the boundaries of conventional mark-making, while refining her technical skills. I'm very proud of her accomplishments."
Mark making describes different lines, patterns, and textures created in a piece of art.
Huber also expressed pride in all her art students.
"I'm so proud of Hudson High School's young artists! Each day, they continue to impress me with their dedication, innovative approaches and improved skills," Huber said. "The Scholastics Awards are a great opportunity for the talent and hard work of these students to be recognized on a regional and national level. These awards are well deserved."
Winners also came from the classes of teachers Tim Naujoks, Mike Ondash, Laura Toth, Jacqueline Hannan and Christie Annichine.
"It's an honor to see the accomplishments year after year at the regional, state and national art contests," photography teacher Naujoks said. "The students put a lot of effort into their projects and it's extremely evident when you see the work in person and it's very rewarding to see their work get the recognition that it deserves."
Ondash, graphic arts and video production teacher, agrees.
"It's great to see the students get recognized by Scholastics," Ondash said. "They hear from the teacher all year that they are doing a great job, but when they get rewarded by another source, it gives some validity to the quality of work the students are achieving."
According to art teacher Laura Toth many of her students, not just the winners, have done some exceptional work this year.
"This is my 17th year teaching art at Hudson High School and each year I am amazed at the work our students produce," Toth said. "I am so lucky to work with such talented students and look forward to each new year and the talent that will emerge."
And it was not just photographers and graphic artists who won. Writers also brought home several awards from the competition.
"We are very excited for the recognition our sophomore writers received and hope they all continue to see their writing potential develop," according to honors English teacher Jacqueline Hannan.
Fellow honors English teacher Christie Annichine agreed and expressed gratitude for the outlet given her students.
"We are grateful for the Scholastic Writing Contest for providing a creative outlet for students' writings and for encouraging students' potentials," Annichine said.
Seniors Sydney Miller and Taylor Hoppes each received a one-year free membership to local art museums.
Seniors Jamie Hoy and Alex Vuksta earned prestigious Portfolio Awards in photography.
Four students earned six awards in the Flash Fiction, Short Story and Humor writing categories of the competition. Allison Hess and Caroline Funk earned silver medals in the Flash Fiction Category.
Yuhan Kim earned a silver and honorable mention award, and Nina Venkatesh earned a silver medal in the Short Story category. Yuhan also earned gold in the Humor category for "Ode to a Friend."
Sixteen students earned one or more gold medals in art, photography or graphics. The multiple award winners include: Ashley Affeldt, Kay Bodrock, Angie Cuiffo, Thuressa Cullen, Istabrag Dalieh, Drew Fitch, Hunter Gawne, Madeline Goodyear, Jamie Hoy, Shelby Johnson, Adam Martin, James Mau, Alex Romanic, Jacob Russo, Alex Vuksta and Rebecca Witt.
Silver medal winning students included: Celine Agnor, Madison Brown, Kyle Gluntz, Allison Hess, Taylor Hoppes, Dillon IaI, Sydney Miller, Jennifer Morris, Feyza Matlu, Harrold Pok, Ines Roessler, Benjamin Stevenot and Grace Stiles.
Students who earned honorable mention included: Anna Berger, Tracy Chen, Ashley DiPenti, George Griffiths, Evan Hamm, Robby Kaiser, Diana Lee, Jenna Lund, Lucy Marshall, Amanda Meder, Kara Schurman, Lexi Stahl, Julie Stiles, Danielle Turner, Mackenzie Wakeling and Emily Warfield.
"This is an incredible showing of the artistic and writing abilities of our students, and demonstrates the strength of our fine arts and English programs," according to Sheryl Sheatzley, communications and alumni outreach manager. "We are very proud of our students and staff, and we invite the community to view a large gallery of student art to be displayed at the Hudson PTO Pancake Breakfast March 4."