Student artwork selected for MLTI screensavers 

Posted March 18, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Twenty-two young Maine artists will soon have an audience of tens of thousands of their fellow students and teachers for their artwork.

A painting, drawing or photograph from each of the 22 artists representing a dozen schools has been selected to be displayed during the 2014-15 academic year on devices provided to schools by the Maine Department of Education through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.

Through MLTI, the State provides either an Apple iPad, MacBook Air or an HP ProBook laptop to all seventh and eighth graders and teachers in grades 7-12. High schools also have the option to participate by leasing competitively priced devices through the program for their students.

The more than 70,000 devices in schools through the initiative will feature the student artwork on their screensavers starting next fall. For MLTI devices without a screensaver setting, the images will be made available as a download, allowing students and teachers to set the image as their background.

More than 250 Maine students submitted images to be considered in this year’s contest, and an independent panel of three judges selected the winners.

The artwork challenge is an annual opportunity that has attracted entries from more than 1,200 students, grades K-12, during its six-year history. The students whose artwork was selected are also invited to attend the 2014 MLTI Student Conference free of charge.

Additionally, the winning artwork will be displayed at the Maine DOE’s offices in Augusta and on the Department’s MLTI website. Students will receive a letter of congratulations and certificate of accomplishment from Education Commissioner Jim Rier.

“I am incredibly impressed with the talent and creativity reflected in all of the entries received, especially those submitted by our 22 winners,” said Commissioner Rier, in a press release. “Maine has long been celebrated for the art created by its citizens or inspired by its beauty, and these winning works show us that the next generation of Maine artists being developed in our schools today are continuing that rich tradition.”

The selected students are listed below. Their artwork is additionally available for viewing at

Taylor Barnes, Houlton Jr Sr High School, Grade 10, Sunset

Audrey Beal, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 12, Bridge

Luke Krebs, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 12, Tundra

Matthew Lambert, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 10, Striations

Jane Parlee, Mount Desert Island High School, Grade 11, Owls

Dominick Bernard, Deering High School, Grade 10, Eye in Triangle

Julie McGarvey, Deering High School, Grade 10, Henna on the Hand

Elana Bolles, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Holograms

Fiona Clarke, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Street in Rome

Alex Trippe, Yarmouth High School, Grade 12, Quilted Beetle

Gaelon Kolczynski, Yarmouth High School, Grade 11, Tree

Claire Donaghue, Mt Blue High School, Grade 12, Exploration

Kyaira Grondin, Frank Harrison Middle School, Grade 7, Silent Moment

Molly Harris, Bangor High School, Grade 11, Blue Sky

Abbey Kidder, Bangor High School, Grade 12, Stairs

Liam Reading, Bangor High School, Grade 11, Landscape

Maya Silver, Bangor High School, Grade 12, Wolf

Kegan MacLean, Ella Lewis School, Grade 6, Moose

Kyle Manzo, Stearns Jr Sr High School, Grade 11, Call of the Wild

Julia Sagaser, Waterville Senior High School, Grade 11, Vulture of Destruction

Gabriel Tilton, Freeport High School, Grade 12, Eye on Katahdin

Kate Trebilcock, Mt Ararat Middle School, Grade 8, Bird

For more information about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative,

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