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Kents Hill School Students Receive National Art Recognition

Kents Hill School Students Receive National Art Recognition

It has been a spectacular year for our art students, and it’s exciting to see our young artists get some well-deserved praise and recognition. This year our students had a higher quantity of awards than usual, with their work receiving more prestigious recognition.

Ali M. ’23 and Ava K. ’23 received Silver Key awards in the National Scholastic Art Competition for ceramics and painting. Less than 1% of submissions nationwide get recognized at this level. They are among only nine students across Maine to receive national recognition this year. Kents Hill is the only school in Maine to have two students honored. There have only been four other KHS students to receive national recognition. 

Sit, Ava K ’23


Imprisoned, Ali M. ’23

Ella S. ’23 won first place in the District 2 Congressional Art Awards. Her photograph will be professionally framed and hung in the Cannon Tunnel between the House Office Building and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. for the year. 


Portrait 1, Ella S. ’23

Kaila D. ’23, Ava K. ’23, and Sarah G. ’25 also received honorable mentions for the Congressional Awards, which is an impressive feat. 

Several students were juried into the Excellence in Maine Arts Education: Art at the Capitol Complex Exhibition from their work displayed at the Maine College of Art and Design.

We are so proud of our thirteen students who have won an impressive twenty-seven awards in the 2023 Maine Regional Scholastic Art Competition.

Notably, Nora C. ’23 won a Gold Key for her senior portfolio, one of only four in the state.  


Stuck, Nora C. ’23

Our art teacher Dylan Gifford reflected on this year’s winners, “While we had sophomores and juniors receive recognition for works in a variety of media, our seniors' work was exceptionally well received. Many of these seniors have been at Kents Hill School for three or four years and it has been so exciting as a teacher to see them each grow their artistic skills and voice throughout their years with us.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of these students every year for the past four years and it has been a delight to support them on their journey as artists. I am so proud of what they've accomplished and I look forward to seeing what they will create as their journeys continue.” 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Students from across the country submit nearly 350,000 original works each year in 29 different categories of art and writing including photography, painting, digital art, poetry, science fiction & fantasy, and others. 

Winning a Scholastic award at any level is a noteworthy achievement and can play an important role while applying for college and future scholarships. Congratulations to all of our artists and our incredible Art Department for an outstanding year!

View the complete body of winning work 

Complete list of winners: 

Katie A. ’25 - Floating: Regional Silver Key

Nora C .’23 - Senior Portfolio: Regional Gold Key 

                      Stuck: Regional Silver Key

                      Self Reflection: Regional Honorable Mention

Kaila D. ’23 - Airplanes: Congressional Art Awards Honorable Mention, Regional Silver Key

Kaylee F. ’23 - Self Love: Regional Silver Key

                        Overgrown: Regional Honorable Mention

Sarah G. ’25 -  Girl in a Sprayed Room: Congressional Art Awards Honorable Mention, Regional Silver Key 

                         Waterflow: Regional Silver Key 

Kate H. ’25 - Turn N Burn: Regional Honorable Mention 

                      Some Friends are Gold: Regional Honorable Mention

Ava K. ’23 -  Let’s Sit: National Silver Medal, Congressional Art Awards Honorable Mention, Regional Gold Key 

                      Five: Regional Gold Key 

                      Wonderworld : Regional Gold Key 

Ali M. ’23 - Imprisoned: National Silver Key, Regional Gold Key

                   Out of Time: Regional Silver Key

                   Burnt Out: Regional Gold Key

Emma R.K. ’23 - Rose: Regional Honorable Mention 

Ella S. ’23 - Portrait 1: 1st Place Congressional Art Awards, American Vision Nominee, Regional Gold Key

                    Bean Bag Toss: Regional Silver Key 

                    Connectivity: Regional Silver Key 

                    Cows: Regional Honorable Mention 

                    Looking Further: Regional Silver Key 

Phoebe S. ’23 - Trashmaid: Regional Silver Key

                           Original Fruits: Regional Honorable Mention

Nickolas S. ’25 - Market Man: Regional Gold Key 

Elaine Y. ’24 - Railroad: Regional Honorable Mention