HOME DESIGN: Student teams from Westlake High School took the top five spots in the 15th annual Student Model Home Design Contest, held Jan. 21 at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. The students’ model homes were on display at the I-X Center’s Great Big Home and Garden Expo.
Seniors Scott Hulver, Scott Michaud and Ali Sandhu took first place and the $1,000 scholarship grand prize. The senior group also won the 2011 contest.
Second place and $300 went to the team of senior Kalin Ngo and juniors Jacob Lemanowic and Jacob Hoffman. Finishing third overall and taking the $200 cash award was the senior team of Maura Goede, Nicole Klidas and Ashley Kay.
The $100 fourth-place prize went to Bill Abersold and Ted Poulos. Sophomores Chris Tsuei, Robert Slater and Chris Kovacic tied for fifth place.
Westlake High technical design teacher Scott Kutz’s students have dominated the contest for several years.
The contest theme this year was “Great Green Living: Deep Woods Vacation Cabin.” Students were instructed to design a “green” cabin for a family of four using energy-efficient and environmentally conscious products to reduce energy costs.
STUDENT ARTISTS: Twelve Westlake High School and four Lee Burneson Middle School art students earned 21 awards in the 33rd Cuyahoga County Region Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and Exhibition.
In the contest, students in grades 7-12 compete for cash prizes, medals and scholarship awards. A panel of artists, art educators, writers and writing teachers serve as the contest’s jury.
This year the Cuyahoga County competition received 1,737 individual art pieces, of which 65 Gold Key awards were given out. Additionally, 112 Silver Key Awards and 211 Honorable Mentions were awarded.
Receiving the Gold Key awards were Westlake High School sophomore Madeline Chernosky’s mixed media “Self Portrait”; junior Allison Chonko’s jewelry, “Courage”; senior Daniel Dobish’s drawing “Con-jumbled Cassettes” and his art portfolio; and freshman Madeline Lee’s self-portrait drawing.
Silver Key awards went to senior Grace Galvin’s ceramics and glass “Eugene,” ceramics and glass “layering labyrinth” and digital art, “Free Yourself”; senior Ashley Kay’s digital art, “Mixed Feelings”; freshman Claire Turgeon’s untitled mixed media; and senior Kelley Zhou’s painting “Occupy Cleveland.” Also winning Silver Keys were seventh-grader Gina Bowser for her painting “Dino,” and eighth-grader Hallie Pohlman for her sculpture “My Name Is Pieces.”
Honorable Mention awards went to senior Samantha Buck’s jewelry, “Love Is the Breath That Sustains Us”; senior Daniel Dobish’s drawing, “Bad Decisions”; senior Samra Kajtezovic’s painting “A Culture Confined”; junior Wan Kwok’s self-portrait drawing and painting “Coffee Shop at the West Side Market”; and senior Lauren Pankiw’s sculpture “Shelldon.” Also earning honorable mentions were seventh-grader Ben Sposet for his sculpture and eighth grader T.J. Withers for his photography, “Paper.”
Award-winning works from the contest were recently on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Galleries.