Small Town Times October Newsletter - Page 10

National Silver Medals awarded to Litchfield Art Students Dallas Rohde and Kyle Betke worked in the same three dimensional art class at Litchfield school. They would chide and challenge each other saying things like “it’s too bad all of my artwork has been better than all of yours” and “that might be the first work you’ve ever done that’s better than mine”. The competitive atmos- phere has paid off. These two students both won Gold Keys, the highest honor at the state level, which sent their sculptures independently to the next level of competition, nationals. Of the 3,800 entries submitted to the highly competitive Scholastics Competition only 34% earned a spot in the state show in Omaha. After being juried by multiple experts in the field, works are awarded either Honor- able Mention, Silver Key or Gold Key. The Gold Keys continue to the next level, National Competition. A new lineup of judges use a rubric to narrow down all 50 states to a few medalists. Only 31 Nebraska students earned a national medal Kyle Betke and Dallas Rohde are 2 of the 31 earning a National Medal this year. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of our na- tion’s youth. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have grown to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. These two students have shown they have what it takes and have the Olympic size medals to prove it. In 2019, 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the Scholastic Awards. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Kyle Betke Dallas Rohde