KENT ISLAND — (May 10, 2019) — Junior Hannah Claggett was recently one of four Kent Island High School artists honored at the Board of Education meeting May 1st in Centreville for earning two of the district’s first ten ever Scholastic Art Regional Awards. Scholastic is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 – 12 in the country, and out of 340,000 submissions this year, Hannah earned a Silver Key for a work entitled, “This is Me” and an Honorable Mention for “Blossom”.
Visual Arts Supervisor Michael Bell describes her regional award-winning artwork as “both colorful and narrative, as well as decorative and ornately detailed in composition.” At the awards ceremony Superintendent Dr. Kane praised the outstanding work being done in the Arts this year and presented each student with a certificate of further public recognition for this monumental accomplishment.
This wasn’t Hannah’s first brush with fame this year. Hannah also took home a 2nd place award at the Academy Art Museum’s annual Mid-Shore student art exhibition in Easton back in February when she and fellow student artists from both Kent Island High and Queen Anne’s County High made a clean sweep of awards. She also had artwork in ArtScene, the district’s first ever K-12 exhibitions that were launched at both high schools simultaneously during the same week this past April.
Hannah shared, “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to compete in the Scholastic Art contest and Academy Art Museum’s Mid-Shore show because it showed me how I compare to a much larger pool of people. I am so proud that my school and teacher provided us with the skills to be able to compete at such a level.”
“I have had the pleasure of teaching Hannah twice in the last two semesters and she is simply an exceptional student with an admirable work ethic. She actively seeks criticism and invests in the entire creative process. Hannah enjoys the challenge of working in new media and is dedicated to refining her technique but she also truly considers how her work will be interpreted by a viewer,” says art teacher Andrea Schulte.