PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Michael Brown, a 12th-grader from Shirley, was one of five Portsmouth Abbey students who were recently awarded keys in the 2014 R.I. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition.

Michael won in the Ceramics category for "Red Cubed Vessel." Other Portsmouth Abbey students who won Gold Keys were Luxi Yang '14, for her drawing, "Prajna;" and Jee Won "Christine" Yang '15, for her drawing, "Human Factory."

Silver Key winners were Xin "Michelle" Liu '15, for her oil painting, "Fabric Study," and Dani Banky '14, for her mixed-media collage, "Wanderlust."

The Gold Key-winning entries will be submitted to the International Scholastic Art Awards competition that is held annually in New York City.

Portsmouth Abbey School is the nation's leading Catholic Benedictine boarding school for boys and girls in grades 9 through 12, offering a challenging academic curriculum rich in mathematics and science and built upon a signature humanities program. Added features of Portsmouth Abbey School are its 25 varsity athletic teams, diverse community service programs, state-of-the-art squash and fitness center and its sailing, equestrian and world-class golf facilities. The campus sits on 500 acres bordered by Narragansett Bay and the Carnegie Abbey Club and is a short distance from Newport, R.I.