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Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) senior, Demi Zhang, recently won two Gold Keys, two Silver Keys and two Honorable Mentions in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Dr. Robert O’Boyle, HVCHS teacher of Visual Arts. “Demi is an amazingly gifted artist who has a unique vision. She is able to tap into the spirit of her portrait subjects and her genre works display a whimsy and delight in color and light. Demi loves to entertain the viewers with her keen perception.”

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program gives thousands of students throughout America the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons while earning local and national recognition. The objective is to foster the confidence of young artists and give them the opportunity to be recognized for their creative achievements by the world at large. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens, accepts submissions from students across the country in grades 7–12. For 93 years, the Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries and encouraged young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors.

In the 2015 program year, a record-breaking 300,000+ works were submitted for adjudication at the regional level, with more than 1,900 public, private and home-schooled students receiving national recognition.

“Demi Zhang’s work, along with the work of her classmates, exemplifies our vision to foster the creativity of our students,” share Peter J. Griffin, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts.“We are extremely proud of her.”

For more information about the program, check out the website: http://www.artandwriting.org.

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