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Youth Art Show showcases students’ work, award winners

May 2, 2019

HURRICANE — Putnam County students and their families enjoyed art and fellowship at the Youth Art Show on April 18 at the Valley Park Conference Center.

Hundreds of original pieces of art by middle and high school students from all over the county were presented at the event.

“We are excited to be working with Valley Park again,” said Putnam County Schools communications and events coordinator Micah Osborne, pointing out that using the large venue of the park’s conference center has allowed more students to submit their work.

Previously the art show took place at the old Valley Park Conference Center, and during the park renovation period the event was held at the Putnam Career and Technical Center. The Youth Art Show was sponsored by P.A.C.E. Foundation, J.P. Owens Foundation, Creativity Redefined group and the Valley Park Conference Center

Several students were recognized in special award categories by the sponsors: a $1,000 scholarship from Creativity Redefined went to Winfield High’s Katlyn Ferguson for demonstrating exceptional artistic skills; Owens Fellowship Award was given to two students — Wren Tolbert of Hurricane Middle and Olivia Johnston of George Washington Middle — for artwork that exhibits imagination, attention to detail and fine craftsmanship; the County Cover Art winner was Savannah Carte of Buffalo High and the People’s Choice award went to Carlie Abbott from Hurricane Middle School.

County winners in general categories:

High school

• Best of Show: Alexia Clark of Hurricane High

• First place: McKenzie Bowman of Poca High

• Second place: Teirney Meadows of Poca High

• Third place: Jada Morris of Buffalo High

• Best of Show Group Project: Buffalo High

Middle school

• Best of Show: Grant Robinson of George Washington Middle

• First place: Carson Saunders of George Washington Middle

• Second place: Savanna Gibeaut of Poca Middle

• Third place: Madison Gillam of Hurricane Middle

• Best of Show Group Project: Poca Middle

Additionally, at the event a special announcement was made on behalf of the P.A.C.E. Foundation — a group of local leaders and businesses that supports community enrichment programs.

The foundation had partnered with high school and middle school art teachers to help increase funding for art projects in schools.

The Art Teacher Mini-Grant will now allow the Putnam County art teachers to get reimbursed up to $250 for the art supplies they have purchased to create projects that will be exhibited at the next Youth Art Show.