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St. MIchael-Albertville Art Students Honored with State Awards

St. Michael-Albertviile High was well-represented in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards this year, with a trio of Gold Key winners.

Theart room is usually a pretty chaotic place during the average day.

But get a few creative minds humming, and what else can you expect?

Now, several students are getting rewarded for their creativity with a reception at the Minnesota College of Art and Design, and possible trip to New York City.

The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards have recognized several St. Michael-Albertville students for entries in to the annual MSAA competition.

Eleven students in all had submitted works honored, with a handful winning multiple awards.

Winners were (by name, grade, award and medium):

Omar Barrera, senior, honorable mention, portfolio for ceramics;

Cassidy Kottke, junior, honorable mention, ceramics;

Conner Schmidt, senior, honorable mention, portfolio for ceramics;

Alaina Rooker, senior, honorable mention, photography;

Jenny Ngueyen, senior, honorable mention photography;

Morgan Haeska, senior, Silver Key, photography;

Tylery Shustarich, senior, two Gold Keys, photography;

Jessica Leonhardt, junior, Gold Key, ceramics;

Garrett Watter, senior, Silver Key, ceramics;

Louie-Paulo Darang, junior, Silver Key, mixed media;

Keaton Van't Hull, senior, Gold Key, drawing (twice);

Keaton Van't Hull, senior, Silver Key, sculpture (twice);

Keaton Van't Hull, senior, Silver Key, Comic Art;

Keaton Van't Hull, senior, Silver Keys, sculpture and sculpture portfolio.

Van't Hull was also named an American Vision Nominee, one of five from the state of Minnesota and about 250 nationally given that designation, which is an essential "Best in Show" award. He has earned another trip to New York City to have his work displayed.

Van't Hull made a separate trip to New York last year thanks to a community effort to help raise funds for costs associated with the journey, with assistance from .

The Minnesota College of Art and Design will honor all MSAA winners with an exhibition for Silver and Kold Key winners (300 are awarded statewide) and ceremony set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

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