Comptroller Honors Three Montgomery County Students with Maryland Masters Awards

- Ceremony Recognizes Elementary, Middle, and High School Students -

Annapolis, Md. (January 28, 2014) – Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards to three Montgomery County students at a ceremony yesterday at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. The students honored included Nicholas Tucker, Pauline Turla and Adam Anderson.

Nicholas Tucker, a fifth grader at Piney Branch Elementary School, created an undersea scene with a stingray, fish and sea plants; Pauline Turla, an eighth grader at Newport Mill Middle School, used the Adobe Photoshop shape and transform tools to form small fractals for a landscape of trees and mountains; and Adam Anderson, a senior at Winston Churchill High School’s Academy of the Creative & Performing Arts in Potomac, captured the image of a decommissioned railroad engine at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore in a digital photograph.

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.

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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