Creative arts winners announced during annual awards ceremony

Email this article 05/02/2017

winners Uvalde, TX, May 1 – A standing-room-only crowd of over 500 attended the awards program April 27 for the 36th Annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest.

Dr. Mark Underwood, vice president of academic affairs, welcomed contest winners and guests in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

SWTJC speech instructor Rob Fowler was the master of ceremonies at the annual ceremony, which recognizes the artistic, and writing talents of students and community members from across the college’s 11-county service area. WINNERS LIST PHOTOS

Overall winners were: Pre-K & Kindergarten: Visual Arts – Aarav Punalekar, Knippa School, Uvalde; Literary – Jack Gilleland, St. Philip's Episcopal School, Uvalde. GROUP PHOTOS

Grades 1-2: Visual arts – Alexia Alejandro, Uvalde Classical Academy, Uvalde; Literary – Bryson Belmon, St. Philip's Episcopal School, Uvalde.

Grades 3-4: Visual arts –  James T. Miller, Knippa School, Uvalde; Literary – Jose Hurtado, Sacred heart Catholic School, Uvalde.

Grades 5-6: Visual arts and literary – Grace Gilleland, Tailored School, Uvalde.

Grades 7-8: Visual arts – Jayden Billman, Leakey ISD, Leakey; Literary – Frances Patching, La Pryot Jr. High, La Pryor.

Grades 9-10: Visual arts – Candace Suarez, Knippa, Uvalde; Literary – Vincent Ibarra-Parker, Ed Brune Charter School, Leakey.

Grades 11-12: Visual arts – Cheyenne Hibbits, Brackett High School, Brackettville; Literary – Devin Bohannan, Utopia High School, Utopia.

College: Visual Arts –Elaine Schlichting, SWTJC, Uvalde; Literary – Lane Riggs, Midwestern State University, Sabinal.

Community: Visual arts Patricia Schlichting, Uvalde; Literary – Jennifer Fry, Uvalde.

Overall winners each received a $20 cash prize.

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