Two Fremont High School students have been awarded for their eye for design by the Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska.

Both Taylor Ladd and Riley Fox earned Silver Key Awards in the area of design for their works titled “Holiday Smells Evoke Happy Memories” and “A New Perspective on Robots” respectively.

Ladd’s piece focuses on the connection between smell and memory, particularly related to the holiday season. Text on her piece asks: “Does a whiff of cinnamon bring back memories of your grandmother’s kitchen? Is the smell of a fir tree unalterably linked to Christmas morning? The sense of smell is uniquely connected to memories, especially during the holiday season.”

Fox’s piece focuses on the area of robotics, and how many people misunderstand and even fear the rapidly evolving technology.

“There are 29 art categories and over 3,800 entries across the state,” FHS teacher Kristen Strickler said of the Scholastic Art Awards. “They utilized a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator along with Adobe InDesign for the layout portion of the piece.”

The design category features art created for commercial or applied purposed including graphic design work that has a defined use such as advertising or communications.

Examples include magazine layouts, book covers, greeting cards, fonts, letterhead, business cards, calendars or signage.

Both students earned Silver Key Awards, which are the second highest honor behind Gold Key and ahead of honorable mention.

The Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and to present their work to the world through the awards.

Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Across the United States, students submit nearly 350,000 original works in 29 different categories yearly.


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