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Washington State High School Artists Honored
State Supt. Dorn announces winners

OLYMPIA — May 15, 2014 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn will host the 41st Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show May 16, 2014, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia.

The show, co-sponsored by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 will honor the 15 state winners and their teachers.

Dorn believes arts education is essential. “If we are dedicated to preparing all students, we must be sure that all schools have access to a well-rounded arts program,” he said. “We want every student engaged. As the state superintendent, I urge all school districts to ensure that all students have access to the highest quality opportunities in arts education.”

In addition to OSPI and WAEA, six organizations also 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). The eight groups will pay each artist $200 to purchase their award-winning artwork for their permanent collections.

This year’s five Judges’ Choice Awards were selected by a panel of 16 judges. The artists who win these awards also receive $200, each, and their artwork will be kept in OSPI’s permanent collection.

The winning artists include:

  • Alaina Scheffer, “Kerr(i) Economy” | Superintendent’s Award
    Friday Harbor High School (Teacher: Andrew Anderson), ESD 189
  • Alex Floathe, “Split Personality” | Judges’ Choice Award
    North Mason High School (Teacher: Gavin Forseth), ESD 114
  • Nathan Perdue, “Young Dragon” | AWSP Award
    Royal High School (Teacher: Michael Holmes), ESD 105
  • Nathaniel Downey, “Slugs” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown), ESD 171
  • Emily Rawson, “Heavy Metal Salmon” | PESB Award
    Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown and Lonnie Dixon), ESD 171
  • Elizabeth Evans, “The Journey” | WSSDA Award
    Kelso High School (Teacher: Charemon Smith), ESD 112
  • Alaina Scheffer, “Lizzy” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Friday Harbor High School (Teacher: Andrew Anderson), ESD 189
  • Nathaniel Downey, “Grasp on Reality” | ArtsEd Washington Award
    Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown), ESD 171
  • Laila Vik, “Still Life Study” | Judges’ Choice Award
    Cascade High School (Teacher: Britt Barer), ESD 189
  • Jocelyn Mardel, “Bear” | OSPI Choice Award and Governor’s Choice Award
    White Swan High School (Teacher: Jeff Kent), ESD 105
  • Riley Donahue, “Ditat Deus” | Judges’ Choice Award
    River Homelink (Teacher: Traci Donahue), ESD 112
  • Yebel Mosqueda, “Voice of the Sea” | WASA Award
    Hanford High School (Teacher: Kelley Muntean), ESD 123
  • Haley Madison, “In the Eyes of Captivity” | OSPI Staff Award
    East Valley High School (Teacher: Patrick Taylor), ESD 101
  • Morgan Danielle Haberlack, “Rainbow Fish” | SBE Award
    Kamiakin High School (Teacher: Vicki Gravenslund), ESD 123
  • Madeline Owen, “Combustion” | WAEA Tribute Award*
    Ingraham High School (Teacher: Dana Stellman), ESD 121
  • Spencer McDowell, “Baroness Winchester’s First Kiss” | Honorable Mention Award
    Olympia Regional Learning Academy (Teacher: Lea Mitchell), ESD 113

* 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 Katie Hall, an art teacher from Eisenhower High School in Yakima.

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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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Nathan Olson
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   Updated 5/15/2014

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