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Seven Pinellas County Schools students have won a total of 10 national awards in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards.

The students will be honored at the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6. The program will be live-streamed on the Scholastic website.

Eric Voorhis, a senior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, won three national awards including one of only three national awards of the inaugural 3D Systems Award. The 3D Systems Award is part of the “Future New” award category, which is dedicated to new and innovative projects.

Voorhis won the 3D Systems Award for his creation “Visual Representations of Audio Field,” a sculpture created using revolutionary three-dimensional printing technology. Eric converted mp3 music into a visual two-dimensional plane, creating a final image containing millions of pixels composed into static white noise. The resulting three, 3D static blocks represent the complexity of sound as an image. Pinellas County Schools was awarded a 3D printer by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, which presents the Scholastic Awards, in September.

“The 3D technology expands possibilities for our student artists, giving them a new medium to experiment with and master,” said Sue Castleman in a press release. Castleman is a PreK-12 visual arts specialist. “We’re so happy for Eric to be recognized as one of the first winners in this category, and so proud of all of our national award winners as it is truly the highest artistic honor for our students.”

The 2014 award winners are:

• Zoe Basheka, grade 10, Dixie Hollins High School, received a silver medal for her design work titled, “Climate Change”

• Angelica DeLillo, grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School, received a gold medal for her ceramic work titled, “Woven”

• Angelica DeLillo, grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School, received a silver medal for her Art Portfolio

• Marissa Jennings, grade 11, PCCA at Gibbs High School, received a silver medal for her photograph titled, “Ladder”

• Brittany Klemm, grade 12, Northeast High School, received a silver medal for her drawing titled, “Mr. Fabulous Crow”

• Indigo Naar, grade 10, PCCA at Gibbs High School, received an American Vision Award for her fashion work titled, “Knot Myself.”

• Eric Voorhis, grade 12, PCCA at Gibbs High School, received a gold medal for his jewelry work titled, “Halation;” a silver medal for his Art Portfolio; and a 3/D Systems Award, in the “Future New” category, for his work titled “Visual Representations of Audio Filed”

• Karolina Zuchowski, grade 11, Dixie Hollins High School, received a gold medal for her digital art titled, “Unseen”

The students qualified for the national competition after winning Gold Key awards in the Pinellas Region Awards, which is sponsored by Raymond James Inc. and The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg. In the Pinellas Region, 2,121 works of art were submitted, with 593 winning regional awards and 114 winning Gold Key awards. The 114 Pinellas Region Gold Key winners were among 100,000 submitted to the national competition. Of those, 1,800 national awards were selected.

Pinellas County Schools receive $4 million

Pinellas County Schools will receive just over $4.2 million in funding as part of the state’s School Recognition Program.

More than 40 schools will receive various amounts of the funds ranging from $244,000 at Palm Harbor University High to $27,000 at Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary.

The School Recognition Program acknowledges the quality of public schools by giving financial rewards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement in reading, mathematics, science, and writing. Schools eligible for recognition awards include those receiving an A school grade, improving at least one letter grade from the previous year, or improving more than one letter grade and sustaining the improvement the following school year.
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