WCTA Goes to The Scholastic Awards

It is a known fact that there is no shortage of talented artists at West Career and Technical Academy. That was proven once again when WCTA students were greatly recognized at the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

A total of 27 Wranglers received awards at the event. These awards ranged from honorable mentions, to silver keys, to gold keys. West Tech students got awards in different forms of art including graphic design and photography.

The award ceremony took place on Saturday, January 28 at The Springs Preserve. A stand selling hot dogs and other refreshments catered by The Springs Preserve’s own Divine Cafe provided the food for the event. The event took off with a brief speech by Aaron Micallef, the host and curator of the awards.

After Micallef’s humorous and sarcastic speech, the awards for the writing portion of the Scholastic Awards were announced, starting with the middle school competition.Then, they moved onto the art portion.

All of the award-winning works were later featured in a gallery held at The Springs Preserve. This exhibit will be open until April 2.

“Honestly, I felt weird because it was the first award I’d ever gotten for anything art/design related so it was a mix of ‘what am I doing’ and ‘I DID THAT’ it was like… a rush.” says junior Shannon Park, who received an honorable mention for her graphic design work.

When asked how she felt knowing that people could see her work in the Scholastic exhibit, Park stated, “It makes me feel a bit apprehensive because the only people that have really seen my work are people from school and my parents. Thinking about people criticizing my art and actually looking at it makes me feel nervous but also excited.”

“One of my goals is to get students recognized for their amazing work whenever possible.” says WCTA graphic design teacher Mrs. Aslin, “Creativity is where it’s at - all this standardized testing leads to a bunch of non creative robots. It’s the creatives who are the innovators in this world.”

“Creators are leaders in problem solving and critical thinking. The person who lives using only one side of the brain will never be as successful as the one who can become balanced in life! We are creating well rounded humans these days at least that is the goal. Too much of anything is never good.” says WCTA photography teacher, Ms. Pavesich.

West Tech is proud of all the Wranglers that took home awards at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this year, and we can’t wait to see what awards we can receive next year.

Photo Credit: WCTA

Award winning Wranglers pose for a picture.

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