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Combination of literacy and art talents brings rewards

Graham's Love by Memorial High School artist Maggie Lu


It was a banner year for 23 Spring Branch ISD art students from three high schools who recently were awarded medals at the state level Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. 

Eight of the state medalists also received a distinction of Gold Seal, which is only awarded to the top 150 works of art in the state. The VASE Gold Seal artwork will be exhibited throughout Texas beginning in June. View the exhibit schedule.

Two Spring Branch ISD students also won scholarships.

“Being recognized at the state level in VASE is a great honor,” Sally Doyle, SBISD Visual Arts Coordinator, said. “Eight Gold Seals are very hard to come by. I always thought we were lucky if our students received two!”

This competition, the only one of its kind in the country, judges not only the students’ artistic abilities, but also their ability to convey their thoughts and ideas in writing.

Prior to this year, students would sit in a room with a judge and discuss their work. This year the artworks and written descriptions had to speak for themselves since no in person judging took place.

“The State and Gold Seal VASE winners are amazing works of art that really demonstrate the unleashed potential of our students,” Doyle said.

These talented and articulate state VASE winners also were recognized at the April 26 Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

Spring Woods High School VASE State Medalists:
Kassandra Kujawa    
Marisol Flores    

Stratford High School VASE State Medalists:
Bailey Graham
Miah Hopkins-Morrison

Memorial High School VASE State Medalists:
Naomi Delemos
Aspen Eastham
Jason Fan
Emma Feuer (also awarded the Outstanding Landscape Scholarship)
Giles Greer, Gold Seal
Sophie Guinn
Stephanie Han
Ally Killgore, Gold Seal
Claire Kim, Gold Seal
Hannah Kim, Gold Seal
Laura Lee
Kunyang Li
Maggie Lu, Gold Seal (also awarded the Outstanding Expressive Artwork Scholarship)
Kathleen O’Donnell
Vallery Orr, Gold Seal
Nadya Raksi, Gold Seal
Baseell Saadi
Madeline Stieglitz, Gold Seal
Alison Wells