Comptroller Presents Two Calvert County Students with Maryland Masters Awards

- Unveiling Ceremonies Honor Elementary and Middle School Students -

 Annapolis, Md. (December 4, 2013) – Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards in separate ceremonies at his office on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, and on Friday, November 20, 2013, to two Calvert County students, Cameron Benton and Madelyne Matthews.

Cameron Benton, an eighth grader at Mill Creek Middle School in Lusby, was recognized Wednesday for his print of a cougar drawn on a rubber printing plate, then carved onto the plate. Madelyne Matthews, a second grader at Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach, was recognized for her work of white leaf prints with sponge-printed mosaic background on black construction paper. 

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.

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