LeClaire gets ‘American Vision’ honor, leads strong showing by Rogers in MN Scholastic Arts

This drawing by Jared LeClaire was one of five picked for top recognition in the statewide contest.

This drawing by Jared LeClaire was one of five picked for top recognition in the statewide contest.

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Jared LeClaire of Rogers was named an “American Vision Nominee” at the annual Minnesota Scholastic Arts Awards, heading a long list of RHS students who got awards.

Only five students received this distinction in the statewide contest, which had over 2,300 entries. Judges will select one of them to represent Minnesota this spring in a national competition.

Jared LeClaire

Jared LeClaire

LeClaire, a junior, was honored for a sepia-toned portrait drawing (shown) he made with micro pens.

“I made a series of lines and dots to form the picture,” said LeClaire, adding that it’s 22 by 28 and took him nine months.

LeClaire expressed appreciation to teacher Su Sebghati for her help and support.

This painting called "Dale" was one of two by Trent Rgnonti getting Gold Keys.

This painting called “Dale” was one of two by Trent Rgnonti getting Gold Keys.

“I like to make art because it’s a simple way to express ideas and messages,” said LeClaire, who wants to be an architect or art teacher.

Rogers had eight students receiving Gold Key awards, nine receiving Silver Key awards and 14 getting honorable mentions, Sebghati announced.

Trent Rgnonti

Trent Rgnonti

Trenton Rgnonti nabbed two Gold Keys, and Brittany Wickoren had a Gold, two Silvers and an honorable mention. Both are seniors and their awards were for painting.

Also earning Gold Keys were seniors Maddie Badrawi (jewelry), Harding Ozanger (pottery), Danielle Perego (pottery), Hannah Scherle (mixed media), Wyatt Vaa (pottery), and sophomore Renisa Thielges (painting).

Earning Silver Keys were seniors Wickoren (she had two), Madalyn Jacobson (pottery), Nicole Kreider (jewelry) and Scherle; juniors Carissa Koch (drawing), Betti Jo Renneberg (jewelry), Abby Rozmark (pottery) and Jessica Young (drawing); and Thielges.

This street scene earned Brittany Wickoren a Gold Key, one of her four awards.

This street scene earned Brittany Wickoren a Gold Key, one of her four awards.

Gold and Silver Key selections will be displayed at Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley from Feb. 5-22. Gold Keys will be forwarded to the national competition.

Brittany Wickoren

Brittany Wickoren

Honorable mentions went to seniors Jennifer Eggen (drawing), Jacob Eiden (potter), Ashley McDonald (drawing and jewelry), Chris Nelson (painting), Julia Sporer (jewelry), Nicole Weinman (drawing) and Vaa; juniors Keelie Swafford (two, drawing), Morgan Blake (painting), Bergen Korva (drawing) and Danielle Laqua (drawing); and sophomores Kayla Bolster (painting), Kelsea Jaakola (painting) and Allison Teasdale (drawing, painting).

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