After a very long judging session, dozens of Victoria ISD art students earned commendation for their artwork in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art competition.
Eleven Victoria East High School students made "Top 25." Out of those Top 25, Amber Short and Melissa Sanchez were awarded Gold Medals and Ying Liang was awarded Special Merit.
Thirteen Victoria West student artists competed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art competition. Thalia Tirador earned Best of Show for VISD and Emily Cotton earned Special Merit.
Thalia used dish soap and acrylic paint to create a bubble texture, then drew imagery and lines through the textured surface using a fine pen. Emily created her acrylic painting from an original photograph that she captured. Their art will hang at the Houston Rodeo and move on to the next round of judging in hopes of making auction and earning scholarships.
“Each year students in Victoria compete with students from the surrounding Houston area schools in hopes of reaching auction status and receiving scholarship monies,” explained Candace Coyle, Victoria East High School art teacher and Houston Livestock Show art competition coordinator for VISD. “With the dedication and talent of art teachers and students alike, Victoria ISD has succeeded in another year of excellence with their Houston Livestock Show Art. This year, students from Victoria East High School, Victoria West High School, Howell Middle School, and Mission Valley and Rowland Elementary Schools brought home the top awards.”
Also earning top honors with Best of Show are Howell Middle School student Emma Siecko, for her "Saturday Afternoon,” and Rowland Elementary School student Cataleya Costello, for her artwork "the World's Largest Farmer."
Earning Gold Medal were Howell Middle School student Deja Garza for “Idealism of Aphrodite and Artemis," and Mission Valley Elementary student Alexis Gonzalez for "The Fight for Food."
In addition, art pieces by these students advanced to Houston as Finalists:
Victoria East High School
Victoria West High School
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