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"Disintegrated Identity"

Disintegrated Identity by Vallery Orr



    Bliss by Avantika Matele

Three Memorial High School art students have earned significant regional and national recognitions for their personal work, including the prestigious American Visions Award issued through the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Memorial High photography student Vallery Orr was  one of five nominated for the regional American Visions Medal and received a prize of $250.

Her work, titled “Disintegrated Identity,” was selected as the winner for our region and will now move on to Scholastic Art’s national level and be displayed during a national exhibition planned to be held in New York City, pending current health-related precautions.

Five works of art and writing from each region are selected by local judges as American Voices and Visions nominees. Vallery Orr was selected by judges as one of five students to receive this regional award. The American Visions Medal is given to only one artist.


    Determination by Chloe Pruett

Two other 10th-grade Memorial art students, Avantika Matele and Chloe Pruett, both won the Texas Art Supply Excellence Art Award, which included cash prizes of $500 for each student.

Both Memorial students won recognition for their drawings. Matele’s special work is titled “Bliss;” Pruett’s drawing is titled “Determination.”

Art and photography instructors at Memorial include Elisa Barry and Elizabeth Carney.