Student Awards and Recognition

Perpich students showing their artwork
Our students lead the state in Scholastic Arts & Writing awards, including numerous gold and silver keys received each year at both the state and national levels. 
Scholastic Arts & Writing awards 2015-16
  • Sherrill Zheng, senior from Roseville in visual arts, received a National Gold Key and the Herblock Foundation Award. Also winning National Gold Keys were Tobio (Nina) Cooperman, junior in visual arts from Edina; Abby Griffin, senior in visual arts from White Bear Lake; and Sophie Peterson, junior in literary arts from Minneapolis. Winning National Silver Keys were Allison Baxter, junior in visual arts from Chisago City; Renee Roth, senior in media arts from Bloomington; and Carmela Simione, junior in media arts from Minneapolis.
  • In keeping with tradition, 2015-16 Perpich students were leaders in the state-level awards with 105 gold, silver and honorable mentions in visual, media and and literary arts.
  • Twenty-six state-level Gold Keys were awarded Perpich students; 35 Silver Keys; and 44 honorable mentions.  


2014-15 honors
Perpich Student wins national composition award
Music senior Ian Underhill-Cady was named one of six high school students nationally to win the inaugural 2015 "NextNotes" high school composition award from the American Composers Forum.
Music students win Schubert Club Composer Mentorships
Sam Hoch and Riona Ryan, seniors in music, won two of only four slots in the Schubert Club’s Composer Mentorship program for 2014-15..
Perpich media student had work in Reel Youth Film Festival
Michael Hansen, senior in media arts, created a video that was selected as part of The Reel Youth Film Festival. The piece screened at the prestigious Vancouver International Film Festival and went on tour across Canada and beyond during this school year.
2014 graduate’s artwork is being displayed this year in Washington, D.C.
Tom McCallie’s work, “Behold,” is on display at the U.S. Department of Education as part of ART.WRITE.NOW.D.C., a special exhibition of national award-winning work from the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Perpich students’ video makes “Top 10 Must See” list at City Pages
City Pages named the video, “Spine Diving,” one of the “Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos” for the week of Aug. 21-28, 2014. Senior media students Jae Shin Cross and Satya Varghese Mac created the music video for the band Origami Bones, composed of producer Adriatic and Perpich alum Shatter the Primate (Mackenzie Monk, ’14 music). 
Four Perpich students win National Merit honors
Four Perpich seniors made the coveted National Merit Scholarship list of semifinalists and commended students in the fall of 2014: Anna Boguszewski, music, was a National Merit semifinalist and Mary Buie, theater; Io Irvin, visual; and Riona Ryan, music, were named commended students. Boguszewski has now been named a finalist for 2015.
Perpich seniors in media arts win national recognition 
Satya Varghese Mac, Max Hart and Michael Hansen, all seniors in media arts, received top awards in the National YoungArts 2015 Competition. Max and Michael were named photography finalists. Only 10 students are finalists in the photography discipline. Satya received a Merit Award for cinema. Only 21 students received merit in the cinema discipline.

Perpich students dominate the awards in honors exhibition at Concordia
Four of the top five awards at the 12th Annual High School Honors Exhibition at Concordia University in 2015 went to Perpich visual and media students. Allison Michaellyn, senior in visual, won first place for her painting “The Wanderer.” Eva Janke-Furman, a visual arts senior, won second place for her watercolor triptych.
Jae Shin Cross, senior in media arts, won third place for her photography book, “Safety.” And Astraëa Smart, senior in media, won fifth place for her digital diptych, “Ambiguous.”
Receiving honorable mentions were Scarlett Searle, Catherine Trombley and Diana Ganado Ramos, seniors in visual; and Rosie Amato Bauer, senior in media.
Music students win accolades
Riona Ryan, Thanasi Pantazides, Sam Hoch and Cynthia Heck, all seniors in the music program, won recognition in two different Minnesota music competitions. Riona Ryan won the 2014 Eric Stokes Song Contest. Cynthia Heck, Sam Hoch and Thanasi Pantazides were three of only five composer finalists in the 2014 Minnesota Varsity Competition, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. 
Media arts students do Perpich proud
Works by media arts seniors Rosie Amato Bauer, Satya Varghese Mac and Jae Shin Cross were shown at the Walker Art Center in February 2015. Satya and Jae won Audience Pick for their music video, "Spine Diving." The screening was part of the Twin Cities Youth Media Network's All City Youth Film Showcase. 
Hopkins exhibition showcases Perpich talent
At Hopkins Center for the Arts, Rebecca Silberfarb, Ashley Brewer and Avery Ellis , media arts seniors, and Carl Forsline, media arts junior, were selected to exhibit their photography in the 2015 Youth Art Month Student Exhibition. Rebecca Silberfarb's cyanotype, “Detailed Memories,” received first place in the high school division. 
Perpich literary arts senior makes national spoken word team
Samantha Daiker, senior in literary arts, is one of six Minnesota youth poets on the 2015 Be Heard Brave New Voices team representing Minnesota at the 2015 Brave New Voices international poetry slam in Atlanta in July.
Two students win recognition in Congressional Arts Competition
Two advanced media arts students, Shannon Clancy and Sophie Deutsch, had works chosen for the Keith Ellison Congressional Arts Competition. Their images are currently on display at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.
Other awards/accolades in recent years
  • The 2013-14 Minnesota Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards for Perpich included 67 arts awards and 16 writing awards. Of those, 19 were Gold Keys, 26 were Silver Keys and 45 were honorable mention. Tom McCallie (visual '14) received a Gold Key and aSilver Key at the national level, the only Minnesota student to win two national keys.

  • Perpich Arts High School made an exceptional showing in 2012-13 at the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards. Juniors and seniors in visual and media arts received 65 awards, including 26 Gold Key Awards, more than any other school in the state. In the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards writing category, three students received gold keys and two silver keys.

  • A senior in visual arts scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 African- American students who requested consideration of their SAT/National Merits Scholarship Qualifying Test scores with the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

  • Perpich was represented at the Say Word Youth Poetry Festival by a team of senior literary arts students. The festival featured nearly 20 teams, reached 400-500 Minnesota youth and included dance ciphers, workshops, guest hosts and spotlight performances. The Perpich team advanced to the finals, finishing third, and swept the individual competition for highest scoring individuals. Perpich students placed first and second.

  • Two media arts students received West Photo Cash Awards for their photographic works at the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota History Center.

  • Three students were named semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarships in 2013.

Students have shown artwork/received accolades at:

  • the annual All Youth Film and Education Day

  • film festivals in Minnesota, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles 

  • Best Student Feature at the national Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado 

  • Youth Showcase at the PipJazz Sundays concert series and named Youth All- Stars on the Jazz Police website

  • City and Neighborhood Film Festival for three-minute films or videos that described his/her city or neighborhood

  • Minnesota Historical Society as part of the “Being a Teen in Minnesota” exhibition

  • Do It Your Damn Self!! 16th Annual Film Festival. Youth curated, this festival receives over 200 submissions nationally. Almost 1,000 youth and adults view screenings at the festival each year.

  • Newport Beach Film Festival Youth Film Showcase. The 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival received over 2,000 films from around the world.

  • Cine Youth Film Festival at Columbia College Chicago featured seven films by Perpich media students. 

  • Resolution JGS website gallery, winning Certificates of Artistic Merit for work submitted to the Resolution Contest from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation 

  • Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Minnesota state capitol

  • 19th annual Los Angeles Film Festival in the Future Filmmakers Showcase (High School Shorts). Named the number-one film festival in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Film Festival draws an audience of over 90,000 people.

  • U.S. Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison of 5th District

  • Canvas Teen Art Center Showcase, part of the St. Paul Art Crawl

  • 2013 EDU Film Festival in Minneapolis, with 10 videos by Perpich media arts students. Perpich students won Best of the Fest Narrative, Overall and Best of the Fest Music Video. Another video won Best Comedy at the Cineyouth Festival.

  • Chicago International Film Festival (in conjunction with Cineyouth) 

  • Vancouver International Film Festival (in conjunction with Reel Youth) 

  • Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver, B.C.

  • 2012-13 Reel Youth Film Festival

2018 Class Stats

  • 95.4% graduated
  • 89% are planning postsecondary education
  • $3.37 million in scholarships and grants offered
  • One student named National Merit Commended Scholar
  • 22% of class graduated with honors (3.6 GPA or better)
  • 3.25 average GPA of 2018-2019 applicants
  • 25% to 30% of graduates continue to pursue their art

Award News

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