Valley High School art student wins Scholastics Gold Key Award


Chandler Carter de Valley High School


A page from Chandler’s “Skeletons in the Closet” series

LUCASVILLE — Valley High School art student Chandler Carter received a Regional Gold Key Award in the Comic Art category, as well as a nomination for the American Visions Award for his submission titled “Skeletons in the Closet” in part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition programs for creative teens.

A Gold Key Award is equivalent to first place in a category, and the American Visions Award nomination has only been given to 5 plays out of more than 400 plays accepted through the regional competition. Chandler also had two other pieces titled “Acceptance” and “Dog-Gone Good Time” which both received honorable mentions in the Drawing and Illustration category.

When asked what inspires his work, Chandler says, “It’s very emotional. Emotion fills most of my works”.

Kelly Montgomery is an art teacher at Valley High School and has had Chandler as a student since he was a freshman. Montgomery said, “It was wonderful to see the evolution of Chandler’s art over the past four years. I’m so proud of his artistic and personal growth over the years and I’m always thrilled to see what he creates.”

March 23, 2022 is National Student Notification Day, the day Chandler will be notified if he has made it to the national level of the competition and find out if he is close to winning the American Visions award, which is the biggest honor. available. The American Visions Award is given for working with an authentic and unique point of view and style. Those who earn the American Visions Medal are celebrated at national events and at the New York National Exposition.

Chandler Carter de Valley High School

A page from Chandler’s “Skeletons in the Closet” series



Kayleen C. Rice