Goffstown High student from New Boston wins national art award
Meghan Jones, a New Boston senior at Goffstown High School, won a silver award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Award contest, with her drawing “Out of the Wild.” (Susan Clark Photo)
Jones, 18, a senior from New Boston, was recently awarded a silver award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, with her color drawing “Out of the Wild.”
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards began as a writing contest with a $5 prize and six winning applicants in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 students in grades 7 through 12 from around the U.S. submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn recognition, a chance to exhibit and publish their work, and earn scholarships.
“I really like to draw people but in a stylized way. Animation is a marriage between technology and art. My aunt sent me to a computer camp, but I didn’t want to set myself to a tech field so I like to join them together,” she said, adding her favorite medium is drawing with pen.
She also has been teaching clarinet and alto sax at New Boston Central School since her freshman year, which gives her a dual perspective on being a student and a teacher.
“This is the first time a student is a winner of a national award,” said Nichols, who has taught at GHS since 1983. “I’ve had Meghan in many classes and it’s been a joy to see her grow and going from each level and seeing her through the college selection. She’s a brilliant student and it’s an honor to teach her because she’s easy to teach and receptive to ideas. We can rework something and re-evaluate the work, and she’s open to that.”
“I am grateful to have worked with her,” said Jones.
Jones said Nichols has helped her through the AP art studio studies.
Jones has to submit a portfolio to the AP board – 12 art pieces to show her technical skills and different abilities, 12 pieces in a concentration focusing on one topic or direction that show her growth and movement toward that idea and how it evolves; and then five pieces of her best artwork.
“They’re both such great schools. I have no idea where I want to go,” she said.
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