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Fridley High School students earn Scholastic Art Awards
Posted 01/28/2020 12:31PM

Congratulations to Fridley High School students Baobai Xiong, Yangchen Namgyal and Maia Vernier, who earned awards for their artwork in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Competition. More than 3,300 entries were received from across the state. Scholastic Art Award winners are selected for their originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Our students earned the following Scholastic Art Awards:

  • Baobai Xiong - Three Gold Key Awards, one Silver Key Award, and Gold Key Portfolio Award recipient
  • Yangchen Namgyal - Gold Key Award recipient
  • Maia Vernier - Honorable Mention Award recipient

In addition, Xiong received an American Visions Nomination for her photograph, “In the shadows of school.” The American Visions nominees are considered the “Best of Show,” as there are only five art pieces selected from across all categories in the competition. The photograph, which features three students, is a representation of the social tiers in high school, Xiong said.

FHS art teacher Cheryl Burghardt said these students are well-deserving of the scholastic honors. “I’m so proud of all three of our students for being risk-takers and entering their work into the competition, and the recognition they all received,” said Burghardt. “And, it is not an easy feat to earn a Gold Key Award, and I am impressed that two of our students earned this honor, as well as Baobai’s American Visions nomination!”

Burghardt added that she is excited for both Xiong and Namgyal, as their Gold Key Award-winning pieces may be selected to receive national awards. “We will find out in March if our Gold Key Award recipients will advance to the national competition,” said Burghardt.

Xiong and Namgyal are second-year IB Diploma Programme (DP) Visual Arts students. Vernier is a Photography II student, which is part of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). In IB DP Visual Arts, students develop analytical skills in problem solving while gaining technical skills. Students study the exploration and comparison of artworks and artists from different contexts and experimentation with media, accompanied by critical self-reflection. The Fridley art program also offers several IB MYP options, which introduce study of art contexts, analysis and reflection.

Gold Key and American Visions Award artworks will be on display at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota from February 4 - 22, 2020. The Scholastic Art Awards ceremony will be held at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis on February 22. Congratulations to all our students!

Pictured above, left to right: Baobai Xiong, Yangchen Namgyal, Maia Vernier, and Fridley High School art teacher Cheryl Burghardt

(Left) “In the shadows of school” by Baobai Xiong - Gold Key Award winner & American Visions Nomination "Best in Show"   
(Right) "Alexis in Hmong Hat" by Baobai Xiong - Gold Key Award winner

(Left) “Grandma's Hands” by Baobai Xiong - Gold Key Award winner    (Right) "Vulnerability" by Baobai Xiong - Silver Key Award winner

"Self Portrait" by Yangchen Namgyal - Gold Key Award winner

"Close up" by Maia Vernier - Scholastic Arts Awards Honorable Mention

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