Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards Friday to six students in Frederick and Washington counties.
The Frederick County winners are: Mia Sims, a Kindergartner at Deer Crossing Elementary School in New Market; Mary Lagnese, an eighth grader at Middletown Middle School; and Brad Eisenhauer, a senior at Linganore High School in Frederick. The Washington County winners are: Alexus Smetzer, a fourth grader at Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown; Haley Rodriguez, an eighth grader at Spingfield Middle School in Williamsport; and Anastasia Fedorko, a junior at Clear Spring High School.
The Maryland Master Award recognizes young, talented artists who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills, reflecting the vision of Maryland’s future. The Comptroller initiated the awards program to celebrate the achievements and talents of students from throughout the state enrolled in public schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The students’ art will be on exhibit for two months at the Comptroller’s Office in Annapolis. Selected by local superintendents, the students, their families and school officials were invited to join Comptroller Franchot and state and local officials for the official art exhibit unveiling ceremony and award presentation.
During his nearly 30 years in public service, Comptroller Franchot consistently has advocated for better funding for arts programs and keeping art alive in Maryland schools.
"I emphasize that arts are important to business," the Comptroller said. The students’ art will join a collection of original paintings by one of the Comptroller’s favorite artists, Herman Maril. An American modernist, Maril was born in Baltimore and served as a professor at the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.