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Eagle artists win big!

Recently, 18 Carl Sandburg High School student artists competed against students from more than 40 high schools in the West Suburban Chicago Regional Scholastic Arts Awards and Exhibition at Downers Grove North High School. Sandburg Eagles entered 43 individual works (drawings, photography, digital images, and paintings) and five portfolios for the regional competition, which adjudicated nearly 84 portfolios and 2246 individual works in total.

Nine students won big, taking home an arm full of awards. Mathylda Dulian and Sarai Maya won Gold Keys. Mathylda Dulian, Lalia Hallom, Muhammed Hussein, Grayson Illsley, Sydney Schanz, Veronica Szarkowski and Annette Ziaja took home Silver Keys. And finally, Grayson Illsley and  Maram Makhlouf gained Honorable Mentions.  

Gold Key works will now travel to New York City to compete once again. This time, they will be adjudicated nationally against all other Gold Key winners from throughout the United States.  

The regional exhibition runs from January 29 - February 3, 2023 at Downers Grove North High School.  The opening ceremony is scheduled for January 29 from 1:00-4:00pm.


Mathylda Dulian
Gold Key - Photography - Honor Thy Father and Mother
Silver Key - Digital Art - Broken Family
Silver Key - Art Portfolio - Losing My Religion

Laila Hallom
Silver Key - Sculpture - Casted Expressions

Muhammed Hussein
Silver Key - Ceramics & Glass - Horse Head

Grayson Illsley
Silver Key - Digital Art - Bees In My Brain
Honorable Mention - Drawing & Illustration - Skin Suit
Honorable Mention - Art Portfolio - Mental Health

Maram Makhlour
Honorable Mention - Art Portfolio - My Sentiment

Sarai Maya
Gold Key - Sculpture - Plastered Mushroom

Sydney Schanz
Silver Key - Painting - Sick Days

Veronica Szarkowski
Silver Key - Drawing & Illustration - Blur

Annette Ziaja
Silver Key - Painting - Memory
Silver Key - Drawing & Illustration - Growing Pains
Silver Key - Art Portfolio - The Abstraction Within Portraiture