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WCPS Annual Art Exhibition Awards

Posted May 30, 2019

Submitted by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts: Hagerstown, MD (May 30, 2019) - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) held the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Annual Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. For 87 years, WCPS and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts have partnered to host the wonderful WCPS Art Exhibitions, PreK-12."

“What a significant tradition for fostering the arts in our schools and in our community,” said Evvie Williams, chair of the WCMFA Board of Advisors, who emceed the event. “What an accomplishment for students to be able to say you not only exhibited your work in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, but you also received an award.”

A total of 27 Artistic Excellence and Innovation Awards were presented to elementary school students – one winner per school. First place winners for elementary schoolers include: Aaron Mata, 2-D art at Paramount Elementary in the PreK-2 category; Avaya Shoemaker, 3-D art at Ruth Ann Monroe Elementary in the PreK-2 category; Amber Constantino, 2-D art at Fountaindale Elementary in the 3-5 category; Caroline Skowronski, 3-D art at Rockland Woods Elementary in the 3-5 category. The winner of the Best School Presentation Award was Mrs. Liz Ditch of Rockland Woods Elementary. Director’s Awards were presented to Aaron Ayenu, 2nd grader at Johnathan Hager Elementary and Xavier Villegas, 5th grader at Cascade Elementary.

Middle and high school award winners include: Jasmine Walker-Keegan, 8th grader at Western Heights Middle, 1st place for 2-D; Madoc Gibson, 6th grader at Western Heights Middle, 2nd place for 2-D; Samantha DiLeo, 6th grader at Boonsboro Middle, 3rd place for 2-D; Saige Stone, 8th grader at E. Russel Hicks Middle, ceramics award; Maya Moats, 8th grader at Springfield Middle, sculpture award; Lauren Walker, 11th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 1st place for 2-D; Skye Shilling, 12th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 2nd place for 2-D; Charlie Hernandez, 9th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 3rd place for 2-D; Bradley Powers, 10th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, ceramics award; Liam Halsey, 12th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, sculpture award; Kylie Albertson, 12th grader at North Hagerstown High, 1st place for photography; Zoey Thompson, 12th grader at Tech High, 2nd place for photography; Madelyn Hill, 11th grader at North Hagerstown High, 3rd place for photography. Director’s Awards were presented to Smithburg Middle for their collective “Memory Project” and Jiala Devine, 11th grader at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

In addition to awards presented by the WCMFA, Washington County Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly, William Wivell, awarded ten State House Awards to Logan O’Neill, Anthony Earhart, Clara Footen, Rylee Biser, Airabella Duvall, Gabriella Mathews, Sydney Carraway, Brennan Linehan, Amelia Rinehart and Aaron Mata. The artwork of these students will be on display at the House of Delegates building in Annapolis from December 2019 – April 2020.

Sydney Bak, a senior at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, was selected as the 2019 Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship recipient, presented by the WCMFA. Sydney is planning to attend the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the fall to major in Landscape Architecture. Sydney addressed the ceremony audience with an inspiring speech about her personal artistic endeavors and how her parents and teacher, Mr. Todd Geiman at BISFA, helped her achieve her goals in recent years.

A total of 2,510 works of art were exhibited by Washington County elementary schools and 1,456 by Washington County high schools from April – May.