Each year, Calhoun High School art students enter different contests for their artwork.
This year, senior Jireh Orta entered a colored pencil drawing of her dog in the Texas Art Educator Association’s Youth Art Month exhibition at the state capital in Austin. Her picture was chosen with 100 others that were chosen statewide. Her artwork was on display from Sunday, March 3 to Sunday, March 17, at the Bob Bullock museum in Austin and Monday, March 24, through Sunday, March 31, at the state capitol.
Students also had artwork chosen for the yearly TxDOT Aviation Calendar contest. Quanjie Dai placed first in the high school division and Kelly Xu placed second. Their work will move on to the national competition. Their artwork may appear in the 2019-2020 calendar.
CHS also had 31 entries for the region Texas Visual Arts Scholastic Event competition, along with Victoria West High School, Victoria East High School and other local public schools representing Region 3. Students participate in an interview with a certified judge, and scored between 1 and 4. Then that afternoon, some artwork was chosen by the judges to move on to state.
CHS had 31 entries, winning 26 region medals and three area medals.
The region medalists are as follows: Houston Aleman, Nayeli Barrera-Aguilar Daniela Castaneda-Delgado, Chase Chapa, Jacqueline Chavez, Chi-yin Cheng, Quanjie Dai, Angela Diaz, Evelyn Doktoroich, Esteban Garcia, Zoe Herrera, Isaiah, Hunt, Natasha Krug, Ethan McCrory, Samantha Minjares, Kayla Orta, Amelia Ortiz, Soe Paw, Ronny Pruitt, Emily Solis-Romero, Jaykob Tellez, Sonny Torrez and Kyra West.
Three students who were awarded area medals are as follows: Quanjie Dai, Chi-yin Cheng and Ronny Pruitt. These students will advance to the state VASE meet in San Marcos Saturday, April 27. There, the students will find out if their work received a final round score of 4 and a state medal.
All of the artworks that receive a 4 at state also have a chance to be chosen for the top award, a Gold Seal.