Student Artwork and Writing Recognized

Rivers made a strong showing at this year’s Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, announced in February. In total, students earned 20 awards in the prestigious competition: six Gold Keys, six Silver Keys, and eight Honorable Mentions.
“It’s another great showing for our students artists,” said David Saul, art department chair. Saul was particularly pleased by the breadth of the chosen artwork and by the wide age range of the recipients. “It’s wonderful that both Middle School and Upper School students were recognized for their creative talents in a range of media spanning ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and digital art. This demonstrates the inclusive nature of our visual arts program.”

Rivers students also shone in the writing categories, garnering awards in both the Gold and Silver Key categories, as well as an Honorable Mention. A complete list of winners follows. Click here to view a gallery of the winning artworks.

Gold Key Winners
Apsara Balamurugan ’20, personal essay/memoir
Aliesha Campbell ’20, ceramics
Kate Eselius ’20, ceramics
Phoebe Fogel ’24, photography
George Reinhardt ’20, Photography
Caralyn Schmidlein ’21, Drawing

Silver Key Awards
Oliver Carswell ’22, painting
Gavin MacIssac ’20, ceramics
Madison McShane ’20, ceramics
Anna Monaghan ’22, photography
Sylvie Pingeon ’21, poetry and flash fiction (two awards)

Honorable Mention
Henry Johnson ’24, photography
Jenna MacDonald ’21, painting
Dylan Mentis ’20, ceramics
Sylvie Pingeon ’21, flash fiction
Evelyn Thomajan ’20, drawing
Abigail Weiss ’21, ceramics
Chelsea Yan ’25, digital art
Mulan Zhang ’25, painting