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Landmark students win top prizes in national art competition

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Landmark School: 

Two Landmark School students were recently named Gold Award Winners in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. Only 7 – 10% of submissions from the top winners in U.S. state and regional competitions were recognized with Gold Awards at the national level. Landmark School senior and Lexington, MA native, Phoebe Britton, was recognized for her Self Portrait, a charcoal illustration [above, left]. Junior, and Beverly, MA resident Corey Kramer, was recognized for his Red Riding Hood silk screen print [above, right].

Last month, Landmark students won 53 Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, more than any private school in the state. Over 9,500 art pieces were submitted by students, grades 7 – 12, from public and private schools throughout Massachusetts in this year’s regional competition. Gold Key award winners advanced to the national competition. Founded in 1923, the 90-year national art and writing competition is the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for teen artists and writers in the United States.

Landmark School, a boarding and day school for students (grades 2 – 12) with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, received 17 Gold Keys, 18 Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mention awards in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Phoebe and Corey’s work is outstanding and we are extremely proud of their artwork judged on a national stage,” said Bob Broudo, Headmaster of Landmark School. “Each year the number of our Scholastic Art & Writing Awards just keeps growing. Our high school enrolls only 317 students. 39% of our art students won an award this year at the state level and to have two students recognized with Gold Awards at the national level is extraordinary! The two Massachusetts schools that received more awards than Landmark had four times our enrollment which speaks to the undeniable connection between dyslexia and creativity. Our teachers understand how our students process information and teach them how to express themselves and our students work so hard to achieve success in school. This recognition is enormously rewarding.” 

Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Award Gold and Silver Key awardees’ work is on  view and open to the public in the Massachusetts Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, in Boston through April 19, 2013. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 4 p.m. The building is closed on Saturdays and holidays. 

Landmark School’s two Gold Awardees will be recognized on Friday, May 31 at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. For more information please visit http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/. 

Landmark School is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school with elementary, middle, and college preparatory high school programs. It caters to students, grades 2 – 12, with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. Students possess average to above average intelligence and normal behavioral development. Landmark’s mission includes an extensive Outreach Program of professional development courses, workshops, and publications for educators, administrators, clinicians, and parents. 

Visit us on the web at www.landmarkschool.org and visit our blog at www.landmark360.org. 

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