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March 12, 2014

Masco student wins congressional art award

BEVERLY — Masconomet Regional High School junior Isabelle Yabe has won the grand prize for her piece “Japanese Heritage” in this year’s 6th Congressional District High School Art Show.

The awards were presented Saturday, March 8, by Congressman John Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery in Beverly. This is the 20th year that Montserrat has hosted the competition. The exhibit included 124 artworks from 25 high schools and one submission from a home-schooled student.

The exhibit was judged by Chris Van Allsburg, Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji, and Greg Bokor, a designer who is the founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, who has done work with brands as Buick, Pepsi, Target and American Eagle.

Other local winners included:

First prize: Mary-Elizabeth Stambaugh, Pingree School

Second prize: Colleen Curtis, Swampscott High School

Third prize: John Matthew Plunkett, Raw Art Works

Honorable mention: Maxx Manfre, Beverly High School; Emily Philpot, Masconomet Regional High School

Best of Schools

Bishop Fenwick High School: Christine Baldi

Danvers High School: Annabelle Krupcheck

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School: Caroline Mastrianni

Homeschool: Kaitlyn Fabre

Ipswich High School: Gustaf W. Johnson

Landmark School: Sabrina Clark

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School: Carolyn Deroo, “Thoughts”

St. John’s Preparatory School: Liam Viles

Each winner was presented with a citation and varying levels of scholarships to Montserrat’s summer pre-college program. Isabelle Yabe’s grand-prize-winning piece will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will hang in the Capitol building for one year, along with winners from other congressional districts.

To see all the artwork and photos from the award reception, visit

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