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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Regional and National

We are pleased to announce that junior Elsa Ray has earned a National Silver Medal for her photograph, Refuge, in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This award is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

This award is presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Elsa’s work was selected by creative professionals to be among the most accomplished in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level.

The following students were recognized at the regional level in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:

Lucie Bergsten, Gold Key, Disappear, Digital Art
Katherine Colglazier, Gold Key, Pictures, Poetry
Katherine Colglazier, Gold Key, The Obnoxious Mark, Poetry
Genevieve Cox, Honorable Mention, Showing, Painting
Nadine El  Nesr, Honorable Mention, Fabric of the Sea: Environment and Texture of Reality, Fashion
Matthew McAndless, Honorable Mention, A Change of Heart, Painting
Bridey McGlynn, Gold Key, Day at the Seaside, Painting
Bridey McGlynn, Silver Key, Chauncey Lake, Painting
Andrew Michalik, Silver Key, Climb Down, Digital Art
Taylor Murphy, Honorable Mention, Don’t Let Go, Mixed Media
Elsa Ray, Gold Key, Refuge, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Beacon, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Sunday, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Red Line at Early Morning, Photography
Elsa Ray, Honorable Mention, Emptiness, Poetry
Grace Tang, Gold Key, Untitled (with Balloons), Photography
Nick Warren, Gold Key, Drowning, Photography

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NAHS 2016 Calendars are almost here

We’ve sent our final draft to the press, and await the arrival of this year’s National Art Honor Society calendars! Proceeds go to support art that connects to the community at Algonquin and beyond. NAHS students will be selling the calendars at next week’s Holiday Festival for $15, or you can contact msheppard@nsboro.k12.ma.us to make other arrangements.

Click here to see a full calendar preview, with work by Isabella Alex, Grace Antino, Connor Black, Cian Brown, Sophia Cappello, Atira Cheney, Meghan Clarke, Genevieve Cox, Julia DeMattia, Katie Dobberpuhl, Nadine El Nesr, Stephanie Francalancia, Radoslaw Jaster, Liping  Lin, Bridey McGlynn, Amber Mooers, Taylor Murphy, and Kendall Sweeney.

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School Committee Members Tour Art at Algonquin, you can view our interactive map!


The first mural to be painted on the walls of our new building was developed by Ali O’Brien, Class of 2010, with help Susie Carter, Class of 2011, as well as from Mr. Godbout, Mr. Hancin, and Ms. Sheppard. Ali is now an English teacher at Vermont Academy, and Susie is a graphic designer in NYC.

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NAHS officers Kendall Sweeney, Steph Francalancia, and Bella Alex led members of the Northborough, Southborough, and Regional School Committees on a tour of as many art projects as could be seen in 30 minutes. Those joining the entourage were able to hear firsthand about these students’ inspiration and planning for their NAHS induction and Advanced Art class projects, as well as the history of public art pieces at Algonquin. We’re happy to share the tour with you in this interactive map. One fantastic suggestions tonight was to provide this to all Freshmen- we’re on it!

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