CATS Academy Boston student photography award

Today, we are celebrating CATS Boston student, Sammy, whose talent in photography has been recognized by two separate photography contests. 

The first is the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, “the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.” Awards are given on a scale of Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. Each individual student’s work is graded against this scale and only a limited amount of each award is given. Sammy’s photo submission was awarded a Silver Key! 

The second contest Sammy entered his photograph is the Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s 9th Annual High School Student Contest. There were over 50,000 entries from nearly 10,000 students and Sammy’s photo was chosen as one of the top 100 in the Miscellaneous Category – a remarkable achievement.

Speaking on his success, Sammy said “I feel honored to have been recognized at the same level as my fellow artists. I had taken the photo during Christmas break, after the water had receded from a storm. It was captured in Hull, MA at an abandoned basketball court. I am very thankful to my teacher for helping me during the first semester with techniques on Lightroom and Photoshop.” 

Arts is one of the three key pillars of our school ethos here at CATS Academy Boston, sitting alongside Academics and Athletics. Sammy’s achievements are a testament to the fantastic work he has been doing during his first semester, with terrific guidance and help from his teacher.

Kent Archer, Chair of the Visual Arts Department at CATS Boston, commented “Sammy has an eye for the dramatic and beautiful, and clearly others agree based on the success he’s had in these photography competitions. This photo, taken during first semester, is some of the best work Sammy has done. Sammy’s determination, along with the guidance from his teacher, has led to tremendous development. We are all very proud in the Visual Art Department.” 

At CATS Boston, we have a vibrant Visual Arts Department. From painting to video production, our students learn the techniques of visual communication and are encouraged to develop and share their individual voices through art.