NorthEast Washington ESD 101

heed. then lead.


CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Dharma Myers (Shadle Park High School), Ms. Savanna Judd (Lewis & Clark High School) and Ms. Sydney Holliday (Ferris High School) who took top honors at the OSPI 43rd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.


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Randy I. Dorn

Washington State High School Artists Honored

State Supt. Dorn announces annual Art Show winners

OLYMPIA — May 2, 2016 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) today announced the winners of the 43rd Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.

Winners will be honored at an event co-sponsored by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA), on May 20, 1-3 p.m., at the OSPI building in Olympia. It will celebrate the high school artists whose work was selected for statewide competition as regional winners in their Educational Service District (ESD) shows across the state this spring.

Dorn believes the arts are essential. “I’m consistently impressed by the quality of the work we see at the art show every year,” Dorn said. “The arts are an important part of developing the whole child. We must make sure students have access to the kind of experiences that help them develop all their skills.”

In addition to OSPI, WAEA, and the Governor’s Choice, five organizations chose winners: State Board of Education (SBE), Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). These groups will pay the artists $200, each, to purchase their award-winning artwork for their permanent collections. This year’s six Judges’ Choice Awards were selected by a panel of 15 judges. The artists who win these awards also receive $200, each, and their artwork will be kept in OSPI’s permanent collection.

  • Jake Thompson, “Interstellar” | Superintendent’s Award Union High School (Teacher: Sean Morrison), ESD 112
  • Isa Bekker, “Lovely Lupin” | Judges’ Choice Award Wentachee High School (Teacher: Don Collins), ESD 171
  • Sarah Didericksen, “Beauty on Fire” | WASA Award Hanford High School (Teacher: Jeff Rader), ESD 123
  • Lauren Kordas, “Little Angel” | Judges’ Choice Award Blaine High School (Teacher: Brian Smith), ESD 189
  • Alana Acosta, “Depixed” | Governor’s Choice Award Oak Harbor High School (Teacher: Kit Christopherson), ESD 189
  • Emily Burns, “American Dream” | WSSDA Award Bellevue High School (Teacher: Debby Nixon), ESD 121
  • Eric Arroyo, “Zig Zag” | Judges’ Choice Award Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown), ESD 171
  • Sydney Anderson, “Unity” | Professional Educator Standards Board Award Okanogan High School (Teacher: Dan Brown), ESD 171
  • Savanna Judd, “Butcher Shop” | Judges’ Choice Award Lewis & Clark High School (Teacher: Bridgid Kardong), ESD 101
  • Dharma Myers, “Bad Wolf” | AWSP Award Shadle Park High School (Teacher: Carrie Stroud), ESD 101
  • Nate Gee, “3 Forms” | Judges’ Choice Award Kamiakin High School (Teacher: Victoria Gravenslund), ESD 123
  • Abigail DeFever, “Charlie” | OSPI Staff Award Richland High School (Teacher: Robert McMinn), ESD 123
  • Sydney Holiday, “Hope” | Judges’ Choice Award Ferris High School (Teacher: Mike McLauchlin), ESD 101
  • Ashley Fullmer, “Horsehair” | SBE Award Kamiakin High School (Teacher: Victoria Gravenslund), ESD 123
  • Chan Ha Kim, “One Starry Night” | WAEA Tribute Award* Henry M. Jackson High School (Teacher: Rick Wigre), ESD 189

Honorable Mention Award recipients

  • Kindra Smith, “Patient 220” | Honorable Mention Award Kingston High School (Teacher: James Andrews), ESD 114
  • Rowan Post, “The Swing” | Honorable Mention Award Liberty Bell High School (Teacher: Robin Nelson Wicks), ESD 171
  • Kisten Ruff, “Kyunsoo” | Honorable Mention Award Southridge High School (Teacher: Corrine Lechelt), ESD 123
  • Kristen Ruff, “Amelie” | Honorable Mention Award Southridge High School (Teacher: Corrine Lechelt), ESD 123
  • Maria Schaljo, “Submerged” | Honorable Mention Award Vancouver School of Arts & Academics (Teacher: Crystal Zeller), ESD 112
  • Meribel Solano Alcántara, “Homeless” | Honorable Mention Award Eisenhower High School (Teacher: Lance Johnson), ESD 105
  • Natalie Farness, “The Unsung Hero” | Honorable Mention Award Vancouver School of Arts & Academics (Teacher: Crystal Zeller), ESD 112
  • Andros Acevedo, “Shadows” | Honorable Mention Award Richland High School (Teacher: Shawn Murphy), ESD 123
  • Christopher Fornes, “Rocket Trip” | Honorable Mention Award North Thurston High School (Teacher: Sara Foppiano), ESD 113
  • Heidi Shepard, “Spirit of Restlessness” | Honorable Mention Award Kentlake High School (Teacher: Ruth Appleby), ESD 121

* Every year, the WAEA chooses their winning piece to honor their “Tribute Award” winner. This award is given to outstanding arts educators, arts advocates and businesses nominated by the WAEA membership. This year’s Tribute Award winner is Faye Scannell, retired art teacher from Bellevue Public Schools.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager

Kristen Jaudon
OSPI Communications Specialist

About OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state's 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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OSPI 2015 state Art Show Winners


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