The School Zone: News


"Determination" by Ruby Zhou (left). "A Woman's Work" by Maggie Lu (Right) 

Works by 10 district elementary, middle and high school students have been selected for general public display in the Hayloft Gallery at NRG Park during the upcoming Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which will be held from Feb. 25 through March 17.

Spring Branch ISD art students who receive Best of Show, Gold Medal and Special Merit awards also win the right to show their works, which can result in significant scholarships. During the Rodeo’s annual Art Auction, young artists like these have a chance to win tens of thousands of dollars for scholarship needs.

In addition to winning awards, Stratford High student Bokyung Jeon and Memorial High student Joy Chung have been invited to participate in the Rodeo's annual School Art Auction. 

This year’s district student winners headed to the Hayloft Gallery for public viewing include:

Best of Show

  • Elementary – Zoe Ju, 5th grade, Spring Branch Academic Institute, Farm Horse
  • Middle School – Alex Choi, 8th grade, Memorial Middle School, Lonely Longhorn
  • High School – Bokyung Jeon, 11th grade, Stratford High School, The Hustle

Gold Medal

  • Elementary – Heidi Dittoe, 4th grade, Rummel Creek Elementary, Prickly Pear Predicament
  • Middle School – Maggie Lu, 7th grade, Memorial Middle School, A Woman’s Work
  • High School – Hannah Kim, 12th grade, Memorial High School, El Ranchero
  • High School – Joy Chung, 11th grade, Memorial High School, Another Day

High School Special Merit

  • Sharon Han, 11th grade, Memorial High School, Make Way
  • Kunyang Li, 10th grade, Memorial High School, Rush Hour
  • Ruby Zhou, 11th grade, Memorial High School, Determination

SBISD art instructors for these award-winning students include Jennifer Clouse, Elisa Barry, Marilyn Guerinot, Lynn Ludlam, Kimberley Lamb and Barbara Koy.

For details about the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show, please visit their website.