MVHS Student Art Recognition

By Sally Gilliam, Department Chair & Michael Abrams, Website Curator
February 13, 2023

Congratulations are in order for five Mount Vernon High School students whose artwork earned recognition in the 2023 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards Program.

Each year, thousands of students from across the United States enter this competition which is one of the nation’s longest running art recognition programs available to students. The artwork was chosen for this honor by a distinguished panel of judges who selected from nearly 3500 outstanding entries. As a part of the review process, “entries are selected for awards without knowledge of the student’s gender, age, ethnicity or hometown” by prominent members of the visual and literary arts community. (

Our award recipients and their respective art pieces were listed with the following designation:

Image of Angelina Medrano Gold Key Image
"Double Time" by Angelina Medrano - Gold Key Recipient in Photography


Image of Precious Manu Gold Key Image
"A  Forgetful Father and his Daughter" by Precious Manu - Gold Key Recipient in Painting

Each of the above works were recognized as Gold Key recipients. These works will be advanced to the national adjudication to compete against other Gold Key works from across the country. In addition, gold and silver works will be on exhibit at the Ernst Cultural Center Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus through March 23rd, 2023.

The following recipients received Honorable Mention recognition in their respective categories.

Image of Isabella Erpestad Honorable Mention Image
"Freckles" by Isabella Erpestad - Honorable Mention Recipient in Photography
Image of Alejandra Garcia Hernandez Honorable Mention Image
"Intrusive" by Alejandra Garcia Hernandez - Honorable Mention in Digital Art
Image from Sage Ramos Honorable Mention Image
"J Riva" by Sage Ramos - Honorable Mention in Photography

Congratulations to all of our student artists!