Four Burlington High School students and one Aldo Leopold Middle School student were honored for their artwork in March with during the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony at the University of Iowa's Belin-Bank Center in Iowa City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running scholarship and recognition program for seventh- through 12th-grade students. Nearly 370,000 works of art and writing from throughout the U.S. were submitted this year, and more than 7,000 were submitted in Iowa.

Gold Keys are awarded to the best works submitted to local programs, and those works automatically are considered for national recognition. Five works from across all categories and grades are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best-of-Show” for each local program as nominees for the American Visions & Voices Medals. Silver Keys are designated for works that demonstrate exceptional ability, and honorable mention is given for works that show skill and potential.

Pamela Geeding, who teaches art classes at BHS, said when looking for works to submit to the competition, she looks for technical skill as well as overall student voice.

"They've gone past trying to make something look just like something to saying something more," she said.

The following students were awarded for their works:

• Adelaide Bair, a senior, was given Honorable Mention for “Feed My Sheep,” a painting depicting starving children gathered around a water spout, and a Silver Key for "Frog Kissing," a painting she did of her sister kissing a frog.

• Tiffany Conrad, a sophomore, received Gold Key awards for her paintings, "The Galaxy Revolves Around You" and "View from Above."

• Corrine Dengler, a sophomore, was given Honorable Mention for her digital work, "Everest."

• Lauren Willson, a sophomore, received Honorable Mention for her works, “Dreamscape” and “Naval Captain."

• Tara Pathammavong, an eighth-grader, received a Silver Key for her work, “Future Without Judgement.”