Beaufort County School District high school students have won 43 Southeast regional recognitions – a record number of winners – in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

There were 35 winners at Hilton Head Island High, six at Bluffton High and two at May River High.

From Bluffton High, Nathalia Roca won a Gold Key for “It is Finished” (Painting), and Grayson Short won a Silver Key for “Daddy’s Girl” (Photography).

Bluffton High Honorable Mentions went to Evan King for “Weathered Artifacts” (Photography); Hanna Heun for “Boobers” (Painting); Catherine Mc Lean for “The Heart of Patriotism” (Art Portfolio/8 pieces); and Sidney Rafine for “Piper” (Drawing).

From May River High, Mikayla Luiacono won a Silver Key for “Journey” (Drawing), and Mia Brannon earned an Honorable Mention for “untitled” (Drawing).

The prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards describes itself as the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Students in grades 7 through 12 submitted more than 350,000 works of art and writing in 29 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

The top award-winners – Gold Key recipients – advance to judging at the national level. Silver Key works are judged to demonstrate exceptional ability, and Honorable Mention works are judged to show great skill and potential.

Judges evaluate student artwork based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Former winners of Scholastic Awards include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath and filmmaker Ken Burns.