Four Treasure Valley students took awards in the University of Idaho’s 25th annual statewide high school art competition, “I Am Me,” sponsored by the College of Art and Architecture’s Art and Design program.
The overall winner was Maranda Berger of Kellogg High School. She won a $1,000 scholarship to the College of Art and Architecture and a $150 gift certificate for art supplies from NASCO.
She also won the people’s choice award, which earned her an iPad.
Treasure Valley winners included:
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▪ First place: Sarah Van Dam of Mountain View High School won a $150 gift certificate for art supplies from NASCO.
▪ Second place: Emma Prochaska of Mountain View High School won a $100 gift certificate for art supplies from NASCO.
Trentin Baker of Coeur d’Alene High School and Camille Lagerstrom of South Fremont High School in St. Anthony also won second place.
▪ Third Place: Samantha Herrera of Fruitland High School and Jill Hagen of Mountain View High School each won a $75 gift certificate for art supplies from NASCO.
Jamie Park of Lakeland High School in Rathdrum and Sarah Knight of North Fremont High School in Ashton also earned third place.
“Learning in the arts leads to more flexible approaches in problem solving, a greater willingness to take risks and gives expression to human feelings and spirit,” says Sally Machlis, program chairwoman of art and design.
The “I Am Me” theme of this year’s exhibition challenged students to reflect on their identity and give thought to who they are and who they want to be. The resulting artwork is a powerful reflection of the talent, interests, strengths and future hopes and dreams of high school students across Idaho, according to a U of I news release.
“This is a theme that is rich with visual implications. It’s exciting to see students exploring this concept in a variety of ways — literally, metaphorically and whimsically,” Machlis said.
The artwork was on display at the University of Idaho through March 11.
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A list of all winners, honorable mentions and participating high schools is available at www.uidaho.edu/caa/caa-life/future-students/high-school-art-exhibit