Kapālama seniors Shaelin Pua Serikawa, Jailee Puaoi, Lailan Uy and Kylie Vasconcellos earn recognition at the 55th Annual Hawai'i Regional Scholastic Awards ceremony.
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama senior Shaelin Pua Serikawa won a gold medal and Jailee Puaoi and Kylie Vasconcellos both won silver medals in the Ceramic and Glass category of the National 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.
Scholastic Art and Writing is the largest and most competitive student art and writing competition in the nation. Each state conducts a regional competition where artwork from student in grades 7 through 12 in a variety of media and techniques are judged by a panel of professional artist and educators. Generally, only about 10 to 15 percent of the artwork submitted at the regional level is accepted for display.
Nationally, nearly 350,000 art pieces were submitted to this highly competitive event, with less than one percent receiving national medals.
“For three of our students to win national gold and silver medals is a remarkable accomplishment and we are very proud of them,” shared KS Kapālama art kumu Don Harvey.
A panel of local professional artists judged the Hawaiʻi’s Regional Competition where over 1500 entries were narrowed down to around 200 pieces which were selected for display/awards.
Senior Makana Dudoit earned a gold key at the regional competition. Sophomores Hiʻileinani Dikilato and Kamaile Stensgaard, junior Marika Higgins, and seniors Koa Baker, Anuhea Nihipali and Lailan Uy earned silver key acknowledgements in the regional competition. All students were recoginized recently at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, where their works are on display through Friday, April 13.
The National Awards Ceremony is held at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June and all three artists will have their pieces included in an online gallery of the 2018 National Scholastic winners.