SC art students receive awards at Arkansas Young Artists Competition


Two Star City High School students took top awards while another was awarded a scholarship at the Arkansas Young Artists Association Competition and Convention held recently at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Junior Colton Rudder received second place Pen & Ink (Realistic) and junior Aubrey Gill won second place Colored Pencil (Abstract/Non-objective).

Senior Antonio Magana received a scholarship from the Memphis College of Art at Memphis based on the artwork he entered into the competition. The scholarship was one of only 13 awarded.

Other students who competed in the state level competition were Haley Bishop, Morgan Taylor, Robert Davis, Angel Garrison, Tyler Courson, Megan Edwards, Christa McDaniel, Stephanie McDaniel, Larry Wilcox, Dominique Smith, Deja Thomas, James McBroom, and Matt Kinney.

The students are under the instruction of Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High.

The Arkansas Young Artists Association (AYAA) is a statewide organization of high school students enrolled in grades nine through 12. The main focus of the AYAA organization is the annual spring convention and competition. The competition this year included artwork from more than 1,000 students from across the state.

During the convention, students are encouraged to bring up to five pieces of artwork that they have created that year. All of the artwork is divided into 66 categories for awards.

Awards are presented to the first through fourth-place winners and honorable mentions as well as a Best of Show.

While the jurors are judging the artwork, the students are involved in the on-site competitions in six different categories or they are in the main meeting hall with a keynote speaker.