Fredonia High School senior Mackenzie Schanzlin was awarded Best in Show for her sculpture, entitled "Victorian Dazzle," in the All High exhibit, sponsored by Daemen College. Each year, Fredonia High School is invited to select three works of art, from junior or senior students only, to submit to the All High exhibit.
"I got the idea from an art magazine," Schanzlin said of her winning sculpture. "My independent study is based on recycled books. I like changing daily objects into something creative and abstract."
The young artist received a certificate, along with a $2,000 renewable scholarship to Daemen College (should she choose to attend) and a $50 cash award.
Mackenzie Schanzlin with her winning sculpture, “Victorian Dazzle.”
Art teacher Brandy Noody, who made the transition from Fredonia Middle School to the high school in 2004, said she has never had a student receive this honor before.
"It was such an honor to receive this award out of all the students who participated," Schanzlin said. "It was great to see the smile on Mrs. Noody's face after I received the award because she is always so supportive of my work."
The artwork is on display in Daemen's art gallery until March 12.