• 2015-scholastic-winners

    By the Berkshire Edge Staff

    Great Barrington — Monument Mountain Regional High School is well known for its art program, for graduating students who land in art schools or use their talents in other careers. A walk through Monument’s halls confirms it; art is everywhere, and it is good. But this year has seen a new level of achievement; every year Monument students compete in the renowned Scholastic Publishing’s Art & Writing Awards, and do “pretty well,” said Neel Webber, Director of Monument’s Art Department. But this year, Monument art students scored four gold key medals, Webber added. “We’ve never had so many winners.”

    News of the awards came, however, at the moment Berkshire Hills Regional School District proposed trimming its budget by, among other things, reducing one art teacher at the high school, devastating the art community at the school, and diminishing the program’s offerings.

    A public hearing to voice concerns about the school budget is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night (February 26) at Monument Valley Middle School’s auditorium.

    The gold key medalists will compete regionally — from Ohio to Maine — before they are eligible to compete nationally. Their work is heading to Boston today for consideration.

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