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Three students receive Maryland Masters Awards

Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards Tuesday to three Carroll County students: Anna Ruby, Courtney McCracken and Chris Scott.

Anna Ruby, a seventh grader at West Middle School, was selected for her fall scene of leaves that she produced in third grade at Friendship Valley Elementary. Courtney McCracken, a ninth grader at Century High School, used tempra paint to create her painting of a tiger. Chris Scott, a senior at Westminster High School, used prisma color to build several layers for his distorted portrait of his brother.

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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.

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"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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