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Kalani Artists Take Top Prizes in Regional Competition

Jett Neeley, Student Life

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On Wednesday, Jan. 23 Scholastic announced the winners of the Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art competition. Kalani’s own Colleen Kagawa came away with two Golden Keys and an American Visions Award nomination. The junior submitted a drawing entitled The Greatest Influence.

“We were asked to do realism portraits and I wanted to do a picture of my grandfather,” Kagawa said. “He actually was the one who got me into drawing in the first place when I was a kid and so I really wanted to make it like as great as possible because I wanted to make him proud and I’m really happy with how the piece turned out.”

The artist is no stranger to winning. She also won last year but says this year is more meaningful.

“It was very overwhelming,” she said. “This year, I’m a lot more proud of what I did because I got an American Visions nomination and that was the piece that won.”

Kagawa was not the only winner from Kalani. Our school had five others as well: Tiffany Ly (12), Jalen Rose Condes (12), Lawrence Kim (12), Ayumu Kodama (12), and Kelsey Lei (12). We also had seven honorable mentions: Jalen Rose Condes, Colleen Kagawa, Karen Oh (9), Kaisei Shigeta (12), Maria Tanaka (11), Clara Wu (11), and Emelia Yeung (9). Some of the names repeat because students submitted multiple pieces.

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