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Celebrating Student Artists at the 2020 Superintendent's High School Art Show

Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and our Washington State school community of 16 student honorees, a host of teachers, parents and friends, celebrated the arts on May 29 in Olympia, Washington via Zoom conferencing. For the first time in Art Show history, people gathered online to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the artists. See a replay of the show on Facebook and view the online gallery.

PSESD honored its Regional Art Show Winners through social media with a special video post.

The show, sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), celebrated the work of high school artists from around the state. For the first time in its nearly half-century history, the show featured art from disciplines beyond visual art, including a short film, a Shakespearean monologue, and a reading of ekphrastic poetry  —  poetry written about pieces from the show.

PSESD salutes the winners and many artists before them. We look forward to future artists and their amazing contributions to all art forms.

  • Lauren Bridget King, “Lightbulb Sunset” (pictured above) | Superintendent’s Award
    J M Weatherwax High School (Teacher: Tracy Ecklund), Aberdeen School District, ESD 113

  • Rubi Capote, “Cherry Blossom Tea Pot” | Governor’s Award
    Tonasket High School (Teacher: Tyler Sant), Tonasket School District, ESD 171

  • Rocio Arias Garcia, “Boys Don’t Cry” | OSPI Staff Award
    Davis High School (Teacher: Carole Huls), Yakima School District, ESD 105

  • Alyssa Ann Maggi, “Catacombs” | Jurors’ Choice Award
    Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (Teacher: Crystal Zeller), Vancouver School District, ESD 112

  • Katie Leigh Place, “Wave of Turmoil” | Jurors’ Choice Award
    Friday Harbor High School (Teacher: Andrew Anderson), San Juan Island School District, ESD 189

  • Peyton S Wood, “Pothos” | Jurors’ Choice Award
    Oak Harbor High School (Teacher: Kit Christopherson), Oak Harbor School District, ESD 189

  • Olivia Alejandra Vazquez, “Tension” | Jurors’ Choice Award
    Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113

  • Hannah Anne Mildred V Sasse, “Brian’s Apples” | AWSP Award
    Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113

  • Andrew Jonathan Cobler, “Beast, Machine, and Soul” | ArtsEd Washington Award
    Tumwater High School (Teacher: Jill Giudice), Tumwater School District, ESD 113

  • Shelby Donna Staley, “Connection” | InspireWA Award
    North Mason Senior High School (Teacher: Gavin Forseth), North Mason School District, ESD 114

  • Peyton Knauft, “Pollen Patterns” | PESB Award
    Lincoln High School (Teacher: Jane Eacker), Walla Walla Public Schools, ESD 123

  • Greta Laesch, “Washington Pass” | SBE Award
    Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School (Teacher: Erik Brooks), Methow Valley School District, ESD 171

  • Ryan F Collins, “Life on the Rocks” | WAEA Award
    Hanford High School (Teacher: Kelley Muntean), Richland School District, ESD 123

  • Jarom A Pratt, “Gradient Mountainscape” | WASA Award
    Richland High School (Teacher: Robert McMinn), Richland School District, ESD 123

  • Niko Shawn Renee Looper, “We Need to Do Better” | WEA Award
    Central Valley High School (Teacher: Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton), Central Valley School District, ESD 101

  • Hannah R Bomgardner, “Fiery Woman” | WSSDA Award
    Cedarcrest High School (Teacher: Andrea Descheemaeker), Riverview School District, ESD 121

Art Show Honorable Mention Award Recipients

  • Justin Davis Berger, “Every Drop Counts” | Honorable Mention Award
    Eisenhower High School (Teacher: Lance Johnson), Yakima School District, ESD 105

  • Courtney C Serres, “Fallen Tree” | Honorable Mention Award
    Bellevue High School (Teacher: Debby Nixon), Bellevue School District, ESD 121

  • Maya Jean Soliz Chermack, “Optimist” | Honorable Mention Award
    Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113

  • Annalee Smith, “animated video” | Honorable Mention Award
    Mt. Spokane High School (Teacher: Angelika Wilson-Wipp), Mead School District, ESD 101


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