Masconomet Junior Wins Grand Prize at Congressional Art Show

March 11, 2014

Masconomet Regional High School junior Isabelle Yabe has been named Grand Prize Award Winner for her piece “Japanese Heritage” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Show.

The awards were presented Saturday, March 8, by U.S. Representative John F. Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly. This marks the 20th year Montserrat has hosted this competition. The exhibit included 124 pieces from 25 different high schools and one homeschooled submission.

The exhibition was juried by Chris Van Allsburg, a Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator whose books The Polar Express and Jumanji, are among his 15 publications, and Greg Bokor, a designer who is the founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, who has done work with such major global brands as Buick, Pepsi, Target, American Eagle and many others. The competition was open to high school students from public and private schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as high school students home-schooled within the district.


(L to R) Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, Montserrat President Steve Immerman and designer Greg Bokor.

The award winners are as follows:

Isabelle Yabe, “Japanese Heritage”
Masconomet Regional High School

Mary-Elizabeth Stambaugh, “Charcoal Tornado”
Pingree School

Colleen Curtis, “Avalon”
Swampscott High School

John Matthew Plunkett, “Fishing”
Raw Art Works

Maxx Manfre, “Titan in the Clouds”
Beverly High School

Emily Philpot, “Topsfield’s Grade ‘A’ Light Amber”
Masconomet Regional High School

Amesbury High School: Alexandria Debasitis, “The Grass is Always Greener”
Andover High School: Marissa Howell, “My Father and His Horse”
Bishop Fenwick High School: Christine Baldi, “Weathered Thoughts”
Burlington High School: Samantha Sheppard, “Self-Portrait”
Danvers High School: Annabelle Krupcheck, “The Great Divide”
Georgetown Middle High School: Erin Johnson, “Never Travel Alone”
Gloucester High School: Jessica Palazola, “A Day to Relax”
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School: Caroline Mastrianni, “pH Detector”
Homeschool (GWUOHS): Kaitlyn Fabre, “I’m Coming Home”
Ipswich High School: Gustaf W. Johnson, “Voices”
Landmark School: Sabrina Clark, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
Lynn Classical High School: Stavroula Tzortzis, “Milan”
Lynn English High School: Corinn Bacon, “Let It Go”
Lynnfield High School: Chase Davidson, “The Break Down of a Portrait”
Manchester Essex Regional High School: Hannah Thorne, “Malala”
Newburyport High School: Zoe Johnson, “Sugar Lips”
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School: Carolyn Deroo, “Thoughts”
Rockport High School: Ryan Davis, “Abstract”
St. John’s Preparatory School: Liam Viles, “Faces”
St. Mary’s High School: Jillian Downey, “Untitled”
Triton Regional High School: Mara Spears, “Painting Me”
Wilmington High School: Hristina Tasheva, “World Turner”

“I congratulate all of the talented young artists from area schools who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Congressman Tierney said. “The competition is a great way to encourage and showcase these students’ unique skills. I look forward to seeing Isabelle Yabe’s prize winning artwork displayed in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Each winner was presented with a citation from Congressman Tierney and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program. Isabelle Yabe’s grand prize winning piece will be sent to Washington, DC where it will hang in the Capitol building for one year along with winners from other Congressional districts across the country. A ceremony to congratulate all the winners will be held in Washington, DC in June.

For more information,  contact Montserrat’s Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Gianino at [email protected].

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Photo Cred: Jennifer Frankavitz ’08