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Oxford High School Visual Arts Students Win First-Time State, Regional Art Awards

Oxford High School (OHS) students and their art work are raising the bar for the school’s visual arts program by earning first-time regional student art awards. OHS visual arts students who recently won state and regional student art competitions are (back row, left to right) Maya Bucksbarg, India Ross, Anna Grace Newsom, Caroline Newsom, Jordyn Repka, (front row, left to right) Taylor Ross, Bhakti Patel, Olivia Wymore, Emily Toma and Lauren Chandler.  Two OHS visual arts educators, Ebony Nicole Johnson and Duran C. Johnson, are a husband-wife teaching team new to Oxford. With just one school semester under their belt, the Johnsons have wasted no time in guiding Oxford visual arts students to compete and win recent student art competitions on both the regional and state levels. Credit: Ebony Nicole Johnson, Oxford High School
OHS visual arts students who recently won state and regional student art competitions are (back row, left to right) Maya Bucksbarg, India Ross, Anna Grace Newsom, Caroline Newsom, Jordyn Repka, (front row, left to right) Taylor Ross, Bhakti Patel, Olivia Wymore, Emily Toma and Lauren Chandler. Credit: Ebony Nicole Johnson, Oxford High School

Thanks to fresh ideas, new standards and equipment, Oxford High School (OHS) visual arts students are creating their finest artistic pieces, earning first-time state and regional awards for their art work.

Two OHS visual arts educators, Ebony Nicole Johnson and Duran C. Johnson, are a husband-wife teaching team new to Oxford. With just one school semester under their belt, the teaching team dynamo have wasted no time in guiding Oxford visual arts students to compete and win recent student art competitions on both the regional and state levels.

Nineteen OHS visual art students enrolled in Visual Art 1, Visual Art 2, Drawing and Photography entered the regional Mid-South Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, competing with students from Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student art exhibition presented by the Brooks Museum League and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Oxford High School took home 24 awards including four coveted Gold Keys, one of the highest individual achievements a student can obtain. The prestigious Gold Key awards were presented to OHS students India Ross, Bhakti Patel, Jordyn Repka and Taylor Ross. Also, Taylor Ross took home the Sue Dickerson Memorial Award, a cash prize of $250. OHS students also won seven Silver Key awards and 13 Honorable Mention awards.

The 2016 Mid-South Scholastic Exhibition is presently open and will be on view through February 28, 2016, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis. Only Gold Key winning artworks will be in the exhibition.

The Mid-South Scholastic Art & Writing Competition Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. All award winners—Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention—and their families and teachers are invited to attend the awards’ ceremonies, which are divided by grade:

    11 a.m. — 7th and 8th Grades Award Ceremony
    12:30 p.m. — 9th, 10th, 11th Grades Award Ceremony
    2:30 p.m. — 12th Grade Award Ceremony

 

Another visual arts student standout in the high school program is ninth grader Caroline Newsom. In her first year of art, Newsom won second place in the Ninth-Grade Division of the Briarcrest Regional Art Contest & Exhibition (BRACES). BRACES, a student art competition, is hosted by Briarcrest Christian School in Eads, Tennessee. In this year’s competition, nearly 50 schools submitted over 300 works of drawing, painting, collaging and more.

2016 Mid-South Scholastic Art & Writing Competition OHS Student Winners

    Freshman Mary Gough, Honorable Mention, Drawing
    Freshman Caroline Newsom, Honorable Mention, Drawing
    Freshman India Austin, Gold Key, Drawing
    Sophomore Taylor Ross, Gold Key, Photography
    Sophomore Calendula Cheng, Silver Key, Painting
    Sophomore Taylor Ross, Silver Key, Photography
    Sophomore Lauren Chandler, Silver Key, Photography
    Sophomore Lauren Chandler, Honorable Mention, Photography
    Sophomore Anna Grace Newsom, Honorable Mention, Drawing
    Sophomore Taylor Ross, Honorable Mention, Photography
    Sophomore Emily Toma, Honorable Mention, Drawing and Photography
    Sophomore Olivia Wymore, Honorable Mention, Drawing
    Junior Bhakti Patel, Gold Key, Photography
    Junior Bhakti Patel, Silver Key, Photography
    Junior Madison Lambert, Silver Key, Photography
    Junior Madison Lambert, Honorable Mention, Photography
    Senior Jordyn Repka, Gold Key, Photography
    Senior Jordyn Repka, Silver Key, Photography
    Senior Jordyn Repka, Honorable Mention, Photography
    Senior Maya Bucksbarg, Honorable Mention, Drawing

 

Visit www.oxfordsd.org/OHS for more information on Oxford High School.


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