State art champs

Placings from last weekend’s State B Visual Art Competition were revealed on Monday afternoon and the results put Wessington Springs Art Students in third place overall.

Several entries from Springs students took high honors.  (Back row, L to R) Kenzee Schafer took home champion honors in the Drawing (Colored) Division and third place in the Mixed Media division.   Rydell Krueger was awarded champion in the Painting (Oil and Acrylic) competition and runner up in the 3D division.  Angie Paulson took home Runner up in both the Drawing and the Traditional Culture Art categories.  Fourth place in the Painting (watercolor) division went to Brock Krueger and (seated, front row) Eileen Kanthak placed sixth in Functional Ceramics.  

“I’m so proud and humbled by how much care and time the art students put into these projects.  They work on them in class but also spend time working on these ventures outside of school and the hours of effort are shown in their pieces,” explains Alicia Roesler, Wessington Springs Art Instructor.  She adds “To say I’m proud doesn’t even scratch the surface, all credit goes to the kids on this.”

Roesler states that while the third place finish as a school was impressive, bigger goals are set in place for next year.“We still got third place without entering all the divisions available.  There were nine schools that participated in the competition.  As a teacher, I’d like a project entered in all categories as a team.”