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Washington State High School Artists Honored
State Superintendent Dorn announces annual Art Show winners

OLYMPIA — May 12, 2015 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will host the 42nd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show Friday in Olympia.

The show, co-sponsored by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), will be held on May 15th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the OSPI building. It will celebrate the high school artists whose work was selected for statewide competition as regional winners in their Educational Service District (ESD) shows across the state this spring.

Dorn believes the arts are essential. “It’s clear to me that all the winners have shown determination and an attention to detail in their art. Those skills are as important as English and math. We must give students access to a high-quality education that helps them develop all their skills.”

In addition to OSPI and WAEA, six organizations chose winners: State Board of Education (SBE), Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), ArtsEd Washington and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). These eight groups will pay the artists $200, each, to purchase their award-winning artwork for their permanent collections. This year’s five Judges’ Choice Awards were selected by a panel of 18 judges. The artists who win these awards also receive $200, each, and their artwork will be kept in OSPI’s permanent collection.

  • Chancelor Perez, “Structure” | Superintendent’s Award Richland High School (Teacher: Shawn Murphy), ESD 123
  • Hannah Pomante, “Featherbrained” | Judges’ Choice Award Mt. Spokane High School (Teacher: Angelika Wilson-Wipp), ESD 101
  • Elise Baron, “Für Elise” | WASA Award Kelso High School (Teacher: TJ Frey), ESD 112
  • Chan Ha Kim, “Finding Birds” | Judges’ Choice Award Henry M. Jackson High School (Teacher: Rick Wigre), ESD 189
  • Emily Rawson, “Flying Free” | OSPI Choice Award and Governor’s Choice Award Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown), ESD 171
  • Angel Sanchez, “Dreams of Despondency” | WSSDA Award Kentlake High School (Teacher: Ruth Appleby), ESD 121
  • Hannah Jeung, “Aphrodite” | Judges’ Choice Award Evergreen High School (Teacher: Justin Donahue), ESD 112
  • Audrey Branham, “Daily Life Batik” | Professional Educator Standards Board Award Kennewick High School (Teacher: Suzanne Ard), ESD 123
  • Maya Dominguez, “Dancers” | Judges’ Choice Award Eastmont High School (Teacher: Mark Wavra and Matthew Kimmel), ESD 171
  • Kirsha Johnson, “Owl” | AWSP Award Kamiakin High School (Teacher: Victoria Gravenslund), ESD 123
  • Kainalu Ramos, “Free-For-All” | Judges’ Choice Award Henry M. Jackson High School (Teacher: Rick Wigre), ESD 189
  • Yebel Mosqueda, “Nature’s Fire” | ArtsEd Washington Award Hanford High School (Teacher: April Ottey), ESD 123
  • Courtney Palodichuk, “The City” | OSPI Staff Award North Kitsap High School (Teacher: Caro Wilding), ESD 114
  • Jeseeka Hughes, “Nature Swing” | SBE Award White Pass High School (Teacher: Laurie Judd), ESD 113
  • Laura Mentele, “Pushing It All Away” | WAEA Tribute Award* Shorecrest High School (Teacher: Laura King), ESD 121
  • Samantha Eilers, “Echo” | Honorable Mention Award Royal High School (Teacher: Michael Holmes), ESD 105

* Every year, the WAEA chooses their winning piece to honor their “Tribute Award” winner. This award is given to outstanding arts educators, arts advocates and businesses nominated by the WAEA membership. This year’s Tribute Award winner is AnnRené Joseph, Ed.D., Educational and Research Consultant.

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About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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