Art and writing awards; Quiz show success, and more | Education

Andover students are being honored for their artwork by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Andover High School senior Audrey Gallacher received two national gold medals and a silver medal for her works in the drawing and illustration category. Dake Zhang, a junior at AHS, received a gold medal in the painting category. West Middle School student Jessica Xu also received a silver medal in the drawing and illustration category.

As a double gold medalist, Gallacher will travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City in June to display her two drawings – titled “Sisterhood” and “Judgment” – and attend the national celebration ceremony. Upon graduation from AHS in the spring, she plans to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and major in Fine Art and Illustration.

“It is a rare accomplishment for high school students across the U.S. to receive gold and silver medals for their work,” said Jessica Daviso, an art teacher at AHS. “We are very proud of Audrey’s accomplishments.”

Zhang received his gold medal for his painting titled “American Boyfriend” and Xu received her silver medal for her piece titled “Born to Fly High.”

“It’s an honor for our students to be recognized on a national level,” said Superintendent Sheldon Berman. “Visual and literary arts programs provide our students with the opportunity of self-expression, and these awards celebrate their talents.”


 Quiz show repeat?

Andover High School will advance to the quarterfinals of the High School Quiz Show on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

The defending champions will face off against Braintree’s Thayer Academy.

AHS earned the spot in the qualifying round after defeating Westford Academy in February


 Soccer scholars

The Andover Soccer Association will award $1,000 scholarships to two graduates of the Andover High School Class of 2019 – one male and one female – who reside in Andover and participated in Andover soccer as a child. The awards are given to those who demonstrate leadership, volunteerism and teamwork skills.

ASA was formed by a small group of Andover parents in the 1970s that wanted their children to participate in the sport of soccer. ASA is consistently one of the five largest town-based soccer organizations in the state, averaging nearly 2,000 youth players each fall and spring season.

ASA is entirely run by parent volunteers, and is the largest volunteer soccer organization in Essex county. The scholarship is a way to give back to youth participants and volunteers.


 Educator of the year

Janis Baron of Andover was awarded the 2019 Educator of the Year Award at the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education, or MAGE, annual conference.

The conference was held at Boston University on March 16.

According to a press release, the award is presented to someone who supports creative and talented students by providing them with a range of services and opportunities. MAGE honors an educator who runs a program or inspires teachers to challenge and champion children, the statement said.

Baron began her long-term commitment to students as a sixth grade teacher at Bancroft Elementary School in the 1970s. She helped develop and spearheaded the district’s Gifted and Talented Program.

As a staff development consultant, Baron has trained teachers in over 100 school districts, including long-term work in Haverhill, Barnstable, Falmouth, Brockton, and Silver Lake.

As founder and director of the Andover-based Kaleidoscope enrichment program, she has overseen the growth of the program from 50 students to 750 students. Baron also founded the KITE summer program for advanced students in 1989, now entering its 30th year.

Baron was a member of the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and currently serves on the MAGE Board of Directors.


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