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Scholastic Award Winners 2016-17

Gold Key Drawing & Illustration winner
Gold Key Drawing & Illustration winner Penn student Sabrina Thayer, Art Teacher Barb Miller

Every year dozens of P-H-M students participate in the Scholastic Art Awards program. The national program encourages and fosters creativity in students’ emerging talent. The Scholastic Art Awards represents the most comprehensive national annual assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. In our region, the South Bend Museum of Art serves as the affiliate for the Northwest Indiana-Southwest Lower Michigan Region, covering 18 counties.


Regional awards are given in several categories:

  • Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level.
    Approximately 5 – 7% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

  • Silver Key: Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

  • Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

  • American Vision & Voice Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

The awards are a tremendous honor not only for the students and their families but also their art teachers. In all P-H-M students from Schmucker,  Grissom and Penn High School won a total of 58 awards in the 2017 competition, either as Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention award winners.


All student artwork will be on display at the Century Center in the South Bend Museum of Art from Friday, Feb. 3 – Saturday, March 11. The reception for the exhibition, “Meet Me in the Gallery,” will be Opening Night, Feb. 3, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the South Bend Museum of Art.


Entry for this event is $5.00 for everyone other than award winners and their art teachers. The Award Ceremony for the student winners and their families is Sunday, February 5 in the Bendix Theater in the Century Center. The ceremony for 7th and 8th grades is 1:30 p.m., 9th-12th grades is 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Warner Gallery.


P-H-M displays the student winning artwork in the Penn Kingsmen Art Gallery. Because the SBMA exhibit will be on display for a week longer than usual, the P-H-M Scholastic Art Award winning art pieces will be on display April 24 – May 9.