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Art Students Receive Honors

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Three Waterloo High School Art Students recently received recognition from the Scholastic Art Awards program.

Sophomore Lily Linehan received a Silver Key in the Mixed Media and Drawing category for her work “Uninvited Advice From The Outside” and juniors Logan Amidon and Kailyn DeRosia received honorable mention in the photography category.


The Scholastic Art Awards program is the nation’s longest standing and most prestigious award program for teens in the fine arts. Alfred University serves as our region’s affiliate college and members of Alfred’s faculty, staff and graduate program judged the work. Alfred also hosted a reception and awards ceremony for the winning students.

“When they have others in the field who recognize their skills – both technically and emotionally – it is empowering to students,” said Ms. Dana Brabant, who teaches drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and graphic design at Waterloo. “It lets them see that they have potential in these fields.”

Linehan used acrylic paint and gray paper and did all of the lettering on her piece by hand in pen and pencil.

“I was just brainstorming and came up with the idea because I didn’t want to write about my personal experience with anxiety, I wanted to show it,” Linehan said. “People think that it was about COVID, but to me it’s about what I experience every day.”

Amidon’s entry “Eye of a Tourist” is a photo taken of the Golden Gate Bridge while on a family trip to California.

“It was really exciting that other people appreciated it and can recognize my talent,” said Amidon, who sees photography as a form of release. “It’s also nice to see that photography could possibly be more than a hobby for me.”

DeRosia’s photo “Memory of a Vintage Autumn” is a double exposure of two images.

“The sepia toned filter makes it seem like an old photograph which adds romance and mystery,” Brabant said.