Fifteen District 155 students earned over $2.1 million in scholarships from various colleges and institutions through the 9th Annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE). Six Cary-Grove students were awarded just over $1,000,000 in scholarships, three Crystal Lake Central students received $396,000, and five Prairie Ridge students earned $748,000. Several District 155 students also had their work displayed at the General Illinois High school Art Exhibition, which featured the best student artists from more than 100 Illinois high schools.
Collectively, these students across the district earned scholarships to multiple institutions, including Northern Illinois University, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Art Academy of Cincinnati and more. They also had their artwork displayed online through the Senior Scholarship Exhibition which recognized 350 senior artworks and scholarship offers totaling over $60 million dollars. The following students were honored at the event: Nicki Carpatiuc, Andrea Holden, Jay Miller, Sophia Rosene, Kelsey Seibert and Charlie Wojdyla from Cary-Grove High School; Erin Ruddy, Liam Prendergast and Samuel Schauer from Crystal Lake Central High School; Natalie Eubanks, Katherine Godfrey-Mikkelson, Morgan Johnson, Kaitlin Martin and Morgan Quinn from Prairie Ridge High School.
Several students also had their artwork selected for the General Exhibition and Northern Regional Exhibition, featuring over 800 works of art in 8 categories of design. Artwork from the following student artists was featured: Addisyn Donfris, Bianca LaFin, Casey Olsen and Christina Pierce from Cary-Grove High School; Adam Bengston, Kaitlyn Ellison, Mackenzie Opal, Angel Phan and Ashley Whittington from Crystal Lake Central High School; Savana Claxton, Victoria Daszynski, Ashley Niesen, Molly Devine and Emma Kay from Prairie Ridge High School
Molly Devine, a junior at Prairie Ridge, was also awarded an early college scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Samuel Schauer, a senior at Crystal Lake Central, was awarded the IHSAE Visionary Award for his work.
Approximately four thousand students, teachers, college representatives and school district administrators virtually attended the state's largest high school student art exhibition which is presented by Art ConnectEd.
The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to advance visual arts education through exhibition. It was developed by teachers for students in 2014 and the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art colleges and universities and high school students.