Youth Art Show Winners Awarded Cash Prizes and Honors

The Region 16 winners of the 2015 Youth Art Show and Contest were announced December 8.

The American Quarter Horse Association

This year, 10 area middle and senior high school students were awarded cash prizes and honors for their art work depicting the American Quarter Horse throughout history. (Journal photo)

The winners of the 2015 Youth Art Show and Contest were announced December 8 during the show’s opening reception at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. This year, 10 area middle and senior high school students were awarded cash prizes and honors for their art work depicting the American Quarter Horse throughout history. Plus, one teacher received an all-expense-paid field trip to the Hall of Fame for the following school year.

In August, the Hall of Fame contacted teachers in Region 16 to encourage their students to participate in this annual art show. Teachers were given lesson plans to teach students about the American Quarter Horse’s role in history. Students created art work and a written summary of what they learned after the lesson. Each entry was judged to select the winners of each age group.

This year, more than 350 students submitted pieces of art, but only 150 were chosen to be hung in the Hall of Fame, and 10 were selected to receive top honors.

The winners of the middle school division:
First, $500 – Lauren Ridens representing Canadian Middle School
Second, $250 – Angela Martinez representing Canadian Middle School
Third, $100 – Diego Luevano representing Bowie Middle School
First Honorable Mention – Kevin Zubiate representing Bowie Middle School
Second Honorable Mention – Avery Gililland representing Hereford Preparatory Academy

The winners of the high school division:
First, $500 – Alejandra Zuniga representing Caprock High School
Second, $250 – Teresa Kuri representing Caprock High School
Third, $100 – Jonathan Becerra representing Caprock High School
First Honorable Mention – Baylor Campbell representing Canadian High School
Second Honorable Mention – Erick Gonzalez representing Canadian High School

The best-in-show honor was given to Alejandra Zuniga. Her work will remain on display at the Hall of Fame until next year’s show. Zuniga’s teacher, Shawn Kennedy, received a field trip with transportation costs included to the Hall of Fame during the 2016-17 school calendar year.
    
The art show is now open to the public and will remain open until January 9. Visitors will be able to vote on their favorite piece in the show. The piece with the most votes at the show’s close will receive the People’s Choice Award and a $400 cash prize. Admission is free to AQHA members. Visit www.aqha.com/museum for general admission prices.  

For more information on the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, visit www.quarterhorsemuseum.com.