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Fridley High School students win awards at MSAA competition
Posted 03/06/2017 12:40PM

Fridley High School’s 2017 Minnesota Scholastic Art Award winners are congratulated by Principal Patty Hand and art teacher Cheryl Burghardt. From left to right, Patty Hand, Amir Kadar, Savannah Covington, Briana Fodstad, Sanela Karic, Julia Swendsrud and Cheryl Burghardt.


Fridley High School’s art students received numerous awards again this year at the annual Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (MSAA), with 22 total awards, two of which were senior portfolios.  The students who received MSAA awards are:

Amir Khadar - 4 Gold Key, 3 Silver Key (one a Portfolio Award) and 5 Honorable Mention Awards

Julia Swendsrud - Gold Key Portfolio Award

Mohamed Yusuf - Gold Key, 2 Silver Key, and 2 Honorable Mention Awards

Savannah Covington - Silver Key and an Honorable Mention Award

Briana Fodstad - Honorable Mention Award

Sanela Karic - Honorable Mention Award


In addition, Amir Khadar had incredible success at this year's Minnesota Scholastic Writing Competition.  He received a total of 12 awards (more individually than most schools in total), and was one of five to receive a nomination for the American Voices Award.

Here is a breakdown of Amir's awards:

7 Gold Key Awards

4 Silver Key Awards (one a Writing Portfolio)

1 Honorable Mention Award

His poem, Unsolicited Advice to a Gay Boy in the Back of a Classroom Who Can’t Say No, was awarded the American Voices nomination and will compete at the National Scholastic Writing Competition for this prestigious award.

As with Visual Art, all Gold Key Awards continue on to the National Scholastic Writing Competition this spring.

The exhibition of Minnesota award recipients were on display at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota through February 18, with the awards ceremony at the Weisman Art Center on February 18.

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.

Congratulations to all our winners!


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