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PHS art students place at regional, advance to state VASE competition

VASE participants
PHS art students place at regional,  advance to state VASE competition

Nine Plainview High School visual arts students entered art work in the 2017 Regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) held on Feb. 18 at Frenship High School.

Seven PHS students placed in their event and received a Superior rating and a regional medal.  Those students advanced to a second round of judging where two students - Yingzhi ‘Carrie” Huang and Lucy Hernandez - qualified to advance to state competition.

Participating students were seniors Alex Reyes, Lidia Hernandez, Britney Favila, and Alex Martinez; juniors Jewel Torres and DeeAnna Garcia;  and sophomores Yingzhi Huang, Lucy Hernandez, and Enrique Parades.

According to PHS art teacher Sharon Hughes, this year’s competition registered 513 pieces of artwork representing 20 school districts. Only 36 pieces are advancing to state competition.

“It is a state event that is run by the Texas Art Education Association or TAEA,” explained PHS art teacher Julee Patterson.  “It is an elite competition that PHS hasn’t competed in in many years, but we are back at it.”

The VASE is open to full-time students in grades 9-12 in Texas public, private, homeschool and charter schools. All participating students must be academically eligible on the day of the VASE event, in accordance with the TEA UIL Academic Requirements.  

Participants must be present at the regional event and go through an individual interview process.  Student interview scores are based on student research and application to work,  explanation of their artwork sources, execution and technique, their description of  the aesthetic and critical decisions involved in developing the art, and how the work represents their individual imagination, creativity, individuality and point of view.

“We are very proud of all the students who entered the event,” said Hughes. “They competed very well and received high marks. Especially the two young ladies advancing to state.”

 State completion will be held in April at James Madison High School in San Antonio.