Two Staples High School students have received statewide honors for their achievements in performing and visual arts and in the classroom.

Seniors Margot Bruce and Gabe Schindler each received the Outstanding Arts Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools. The awards were presented at a banquet in Southington. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship, the arts and leadership.

Bruce is a member of the Staples Symphonic Band, symphonic orchestra, choir and Orphenians, as well as a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony's Concert Orchestra. She plans to attend the College of Wooster in the fall.

Schindler's works have been exhibited at Toquet Hall, the Fairfield Arts Council's Annual Student Exhibit and Boston University. He is the recipient of the Staples 2010 Excellence in Drawing Award and has been featured as Inklings' Artist of the Month. He plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall.