Veronica Mahnke, an eighth-grader at Century Junior High, was selected to receive the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Silver Key.
The Minnesota program, affiliated with the national Scholastic Art Awards, offers early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.
The competition is open to all Minnesota students in grades 7 through 12. Submissions are judged on originality, technical skill and personal vision or voice.
Of 2,300 individual and 164 portfolio entries, the jury awarded 179 Gold Keys, 216 Silver Keys and 364 Honorable Mentions.
Mahnke submitted a black-and-white sketch of her younger sister, Angela, which she completed outside of class.
The Mahnkes are a creative family. Veronica’s father, Doug, is an artist for DC Comics and her mother, Michelle, a freelance sketch artist. Her sister, Forest Lake High School senior Teresa, has won 16 awards for writing and art.
Mahnke’s award-winning sketch was on display until Feb. 22 as part of the Gold and Silver Key Exhibition at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olsen Memorial Highway in Golden Valley.
She received formal recognition during the Gold and Silver Key Award Ceremony on Feb. 22.
Century student wins art award