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MHS students earn top prizes at regional art and writing competition

Four Marion High School students earned the highest regional honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition, according to an MHS news release. Two other students were also recognized for their outstanding work.

Jade Wood, MHS senior, earned three Gold Keys for her painting “Connection”, and two digital artworks titled “Friendship” and “Transition”. She also earned a Silver Key for her digital artwork “Misguided Ghosts”.

Kira Humes, MHS senior, earned two Gold Key awards for her digital artwork titled “Trapped” and a piece titled “1:15am Healing” in the drawing/illustration category. She also earned Silver Keys for two of her digital artworks titled “freedom” and “Coming Out”; and Honorable Mentions for a mixed media piece “It’s Blocked”, and two pieces in the drawing / illustration category, “Electric Lady” and “Look Beyond”.

Emily Phillippe, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key for her mixed media artwork titled “Stitching Up the Pain”. She also earned Silver Keys for her digital artwork titled “Joyous”, and for her mixed media artwork “Surrounded”; and Honorable Mentions for her digital artwork “Resilient”, and her paintings “Speed Limit” and “Blue Eyes”.

Bayley Grieve, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for her painting titled “Honeydew”. She also earned Silver Keys for her paintings “Just Payley” and “Pondering Look”; and an Honorable Mention for her painting “Morty Phones”.

Sianna Hobbs, MHS junior, earned two Silver Keys for her paintings “Araeya” and “A Nonbinary King”; and an Honorable Mention for her painting “Lesbian Queen”.

Savannah Fry, MHS junior, earned an Honorable Mention for her critical essay, “Identity and Choice”. This is the first time in recent years that Marion has had an honoree in the writing portion of this competition!

The museum’s scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all artworks will be on display at the museum, 311 East Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 8 through April 11. Museum hours, admission fees and directions are available at the museum’s website,

All pieces that earned a Gold Key will be part of a competition in New York this spring. According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years.

This is the seventh year in the last eight that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students also earned honors in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2018 and 2019, MHS students earned an award at the national competition as well.

Marion Community Schools congratulates these talented students and expresses gratitude to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson.

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