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Madison Elgner wins National Gold Key Art Award

posted Mar 15, 2018, 5:23 AM by Arthur Adamakos   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 5:25 AM ]
Congratulations go out to senior Madison Elgner for being one of only 6 students from New Hampshire to be awarded a National Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. She will receive her award at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.

Over 2500 entries were submitted in this year's NH regional Scholastic Art Awards competition from all over the state, about 235 of which received a regional Gold Key (10 from Memorial). All regional Gold Keys are sent to NYC for national adjudication. Nineteen works from NH received National Silver Keys, only 6 received National Gold Keys. 

Only National Gold Key winners are invited to the ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The ceremony is a star-studded affair with recent keynote speakers including Meryl Streep, Ken Burns, Alec Baldwin, and Michelle Obama. In addition to the ceremony at Carnegie Hall there is an exhibition of all Gold Key winning works at the Parson's New School in New York City. To honor of all the National Gold Key winners, the top of the Empire State building will be lit up in Gold on the evening of the awards ceremony.

Madison is the 6th Memorial student to receive a national award in the last 9 years, and the first to receive 2 national awards.