The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

February 17, 2010

MacCartney wins YSU scholarship at art competition

ORWELL — At Grand Valley High School there is one student who really stands out from the rest, especially with her art work. Amanda MacCartney is a senior, who has recently bested 38 other competitors to receive the renewable Youngstown State University Scholastic Portfolio Art Scholarship which pays for two-thirds of her tuition. The scholarship was for her art work that was entered in the Scholastic Competition. MacCartney plans to attend YSU.

“I will be majoring in technology in art, which is a combination of graphic design and just regular classes,” said MacCartney.

However, she is not sure about where she will live. “I don’t know yet if I am going to stay on campus, live with my stepsister who lives in Youngstown, or just stay at home,” she said.

MacCartney hasn’t visited the campus yet but plans to do so soon. “I was there on a field trip once in like eighth grade, but it wasn’t very in-depth,” she added.

Kristofer Doran, MacCartney’s interactive multimedia teacher, said, “I think Amanda won the art scholarship because she has shown that she is a very well rounded artist. She represented Grand Valley well in almost every facet of the scholastic competitions. (The scholarship) will serve her well when she attends YSU majoring in art and technology. The program will allow her to show off her multidisciplinary skills.”

MacCartney has taken art all four years of high school, so who would know her abilities better than her art teacher, Annie Peters.

“Amanda is the kind of student that you lead to a path and she forges her own trail. My job is to offer opportunity and open her eyes to possibility,” Peters said.

The awards given at the competition are gold keys, silver keys and a scholarship. At the Scholastic Competition MacCartney entered eight works of art which were to be judged against 570 other works of art. There were a total of 480 other students, grades seven through 12, from 54 schools in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. At this year’s competition, held at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, MacCartney received a total of four keys, one gold and three silvers. The gold key was for her mixed media project, which will be going to New York to be judged on a national level, while her art, photography and digital art portfolios received the silver keys.

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