Stephenville High School art students competed in the Scholastic Art and Writing contest, bringing home an impressive 24 regional awards.

“Of the 320,000 entries from all across the nation, less than 15 percent earn any type of recognition with the awards being Honorable Mention, Silver Key and the most prestigious, the Gold Key,” SHS art teacher Emily McLemore wrote in an email.

Of the Stephenville students 19 received Honorable Mentions, four received Silver Key awards and one received the Gold Key award.

“Sophomore art 2 student Marisah Johnson was awarded a Gold Key and has advanced to the National level of the competition,” McLemore said. “Having our students win accolades in the various mediums is nice and gives us feedback to know that our program is balanced and competitive in all areas.”

Art student Christie Basson received a total of nine awards for her pieces; seven Honorable Mentions and two Silver Key awards.

“She is an incredibly talented student,” McLemore said.

Other awards include:

Krystyn Arpin - Silver Key Calli Schmutz - Silver Key Savanah Beavers - Honorable Mention Hannah Bernays - Honorable Mention Kaitlin Garcia - Honorable Mention Caroline Gilley - Honorable Mention Reagan Henry - Honorable Mention Leissa Jones - Honorable Mention Edgar Juarez - Honorable Mention Haylea Keith - Honorable Mention Elena Loredo - Honorable Mention Paige McCarthy - Honorable Mention Ashlyn Thomas - Honorable Mention John Watts - Honorable Mention “One of the great things about this contest is that the judges, which are professional artists and university professors, are looking not only at technique but they are looking for artistry and the student’s visual voice,” McLemore said. “The results of this contest are also a great reflection on our program. SHS art students have the opportunity to learn, create and compete in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital art.”