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Students Earn Awards in Regional Art, Writing Contest

Gold Key Winners' work will advance to New York City.

Westlake students were well represented recently in the Cuyahoga County Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

Five Westlake High School students and four Lee Burneson Middle School (LBMS) students won Gold Key at the competition, which recognizes creative achievement of seventh to 12th grade students throughout Cuyahoga County.

Senior Julianne Aprile, junior Kelsea Patterson, and sophomores Paige Dawson and Christa Beyer won Gold Key awards. Sophomore Madeline Lee won four Gold Key awards. Representing LBMS with Gold Key awards are eighth-grader Jane Fitz, who won two Gold Keys, eighth-graders Sneha Ramachandran and Ben Sposet, and seventh-grader Allie Routhier.

Julianne Aprile was also nominated for the American Visions Award for “Rust Belt,” along with four other Gold Key winners from the county.

Gold Key winners’ will have their artwork continue on to national competition this spring in New York City.

WHS Silver Key winners include Madeline Lee, sophomores Taylor Racela and Sadie Roff and Reizaen Abuhamdeh; seniors Mason Trowbridge, Wan Kwok, Ricky Kolar and Katie Parchem; and junior Alex Busser. LBMS Silver Key winners are eighth-graders Gaham Kowalski and Sneha Ramachandran.

WHS Honorable Mention awards went to sophomores Christa Beyer, Sam Peplin and Regan Falin; seniors Jenna Lawrence, Ally Chonko, Wan Kwok, Julianne Aprile, Grace Cristiano and Ishaan Bakhle; juniors Evan Leonard, Allison Veide and Haley Ward. Juniors Kal Patterson and Taylor Salamone each won two Honorable Mentions, and junior Brian Hood won three Honorable Mentions. LBMS Honorable Mention winners are eighth graders Katie Hahn and Ben Sposet, and seventh graders Rachel Altman and Jade Hawk.

Wan Kwok also received an Honorable Mention for her portfolio.

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