Berkeley Students Garner 42 Regional Art Awards

Since 1984, Berkeley Preparatory School has claimed hundreds of awards and accolades as part of the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards hosted annually by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for grades 7-12. This year was no different for the talented group of fine arts students. In all, 42 Berkeley students were recognized in one or more of three award categories.

The competition is widely regarded as the most distinguished of its kind in identifying the country’s top artistic and literary talents. Gold Key awards are considered the very best works submitted to local programs and are automatically considered for national-level recognition. Five works, from across all categories and grades, are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best of Show” for each local program and recognized as American Visions Nominees.
Each year, high school students throughout Tampa Bay participate in the program and become a part of an impressive community of young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. Annually, Berkeley ranks among the top schools in the region.
Since its founding, the Awards have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our nation’s most accomplished and prolific creative leaders. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers lists among its distinguished alumni artists Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Cy Twombly, Robert Indiana, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Maya Goldberg, and Joyce Carol Oates; photographer Richard Avedon (who won for poetry); actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, and John Lithgow; and filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, and Richard Linklater.
Many of the works will be in a local exhibit at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on the University of Tampa campus with a reception on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Berkeley students won 5 Gold Key Awards, 12 Silver Key Awards, and 25 Honorable Mentions.
  • Catherine Chowdhury
  • Chole McLeod (2 Awards)
  • Madison Newsom
  • Alexis Scarlett
  • Claire Armstrong
  • Blake Borgeson
  • Chloe Davis
  • Allison Dil
  • Jacqueline Hennecke
  • Makenzy Martin
  • Ornella Pigeon
  • Alexandra Politowicz
  • Alicia Rose (2 Awards)
  • Rhea Thielbar
  • Hope Urbanovsky
  • Claire Armstrong
  • Nick Banull
  • Asher Behar (2 Mentions)
  • Lexi Chrysochoos
  • Alexa Fannon (2 Mentions)
  • Giovanna Gibson
  • Rachel Glew
  • Jacqueline Hennecke (2 Mentions)
  • Kendyl Kirtley (2 Mentions)
  • Michael Maddalon
  • Madison Mariani (2 Mentions)
  • Ornella Pigeon
  • Harrison Pithers
  • Victoria Ramakrishnan
  • Shrisha Saravana
  • Alexis Scarlett
  • Charvi Sharma
  • Rhea Thielbar (3 Mentions)


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