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Student artists recognized by Arts Council

By Staff Reports
Published in News on May 20, 2009 1:46 PM

Wayne County Public Schools recognized 46 artists from the district recently during the 2008-09 visual arts awards reception at Herman Park Center.

Joy Vinson, an art teacher at Fremont STARS Elementary School, was also honored as the Zeno Spence Elementary Art Educator for 2008-09.

This is the 18th year for the recognition, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Wayne County.

Dr. Steven Taylor, WCPS Superintendent, welcomed the students, parents, and educators in attendance. He emphasized the importance of the arts and how critical the arts are to the educational process of many youngsters.

Special recognition was given in several categories, including "Superintendent's Choice Art" for students K-12, "Scholastic Art," recognizing students who won Scholastic Art Awards at the regional held at Barton College earlier this year, and the top district-wide "Christmas Card" design.

Below is the list of the "Superintendent's Choice Art" award winners:

First place: Tessa Steele, Eastern Wayne Elementary (Grades K-2); Taylor Daniels, Northwest Elementary (Grades 3-5); Donald Steward, Mount Olive Middle (Grades 6-8); and Hanna Hall, Spring Creek High (Grades 9 -12)

Second place: Damien Harris, School Street Elementary (Grades K-2); Aracely Solis, Northeast Elementary (Grades 3-5); Nathan Gibson, Dillard Middle (Grades 6-8); and Serayah Silver, Goldsboro High (Grades 9 -12)

Third place: Ashley Minchew, Rosewood Elementary (Grades K-2); Tara Best, Grantham Elementary (Grades 3-5); Maribel Torres, Spring Creek High (Grades 6-8); and Rocio Vega, Spring Creek High (Grades 9 -12)

Honorable mention: Estrella Sanchez Ruiz, Jaciel Espino, Maria Gutierrez, Alicia Anderson, Justin West, Kiara Prince, Natasha Kerwin, Deloris Grant, Mayra Montoya, Brianna Brown, Zah Quan Deloatch, William Page IV, Tyquan Artis, Casey Bunn, Kristen Larson, Annette Smith, Priyanka Joshi, Brook Jones, Rachel Stocks, Michelle Williams, Landon Casey and Austin Warner.