Local school board members were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced some tough decisions in selecting the 2017 winners of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Tidewater Regional Art Contest on May 1. Student art from the elementary, middle, and high school levels represented each school division in the competition, which was judged at the regional forum for area school board members.
Local student, Anthony Le, from Smithfield Middle School, was the middle school winner. Anthony is an eighth grader in Mr. Kevin Segner’s art class. In addition, sixth grader Grant Willis, from Westside Elementary School, placed third in the elementary category. Grant’s art teacher is Mrs. Beth Gibble. A complete list of winners is attached.
“The contest showcases the best art work from each division in the region,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton. “Having two of our entries place, including a first place, speaks volumes to the talent we have in our division.”
The VSBA Regional Art Contest was started in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students. For each of the nine VSBA regions, a winner is chosen for the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.