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Record Number of Art Students Win Top Awards at State VASE

May 18, 2017

2017 Frisco ISD State VASE Results Gold Seal Winners2017 Frisco ISD State VASE Results Gold Medal Winners

Frisco ISD high school students brought home a record 11 Gold Seal medallions from the Texas Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE).

The award is the highest presented at the competition, which is hosted annually by the Texas Art Education Association to recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts.

The coveted Gold Seal medallion is given to only 150 of the most distinguished works of art created by high school students from across the state.

In all, 35 pieces of artwork created by FISD students achieved a rating of Exemplary and received a gold medal at the competition.

Frisco ISD advanced a total of 46 pieces of art to the state contest, more than a quarter of all the artwork advancing from the regional competition. Statewide, nearly 27,859 students participated in regional VASE events with 2,119 works qualifying for state.

Each work is evaluated by a jury that looks for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for visual art and the interpretation of the student's stated intent.

Congratulations to the following FISD students and their teachers who brought home medals. View a presentation here of all the Gold Seal and Exemplary artwork.

Gold Seal Winners

Frisco High School

Alicia Yu, student of Suzanne Blair 

Heritage High School

Sejal Jannu, student of Sarah Watkins

Independence High School

Navya Adipudi, student of Leonard Buscemi
Anushya Alandur, student of Leonard Buscemi
Shivani Gollapudi, student of Leonard Buscemi
Kaitlyn Liu, student of Leonard Buscemi
Katherine Strand, student of Leonard Buscemi
Katie Torres, student of Leonard Buscemi
Angela Wang, student of Leonard Buscemi
Ann Woodard, student of Leonard Buscemi
Emma Zhang, student of Leonard Buscemi

Gold Medal Winners

Centennial High School

Jessica Nguyen, student of Ashley Ham

Frisco High School

Patrick Thomas, student of Suzanne Blair

Heritage High School

Ariana Alba, student of Sarah Watkins
Brittany Dang, student of Sarah Watkins (two pieces)
Ashton Edwards, student of Carolyn Funk 
Tyra Halladay, student of Sarah Watkins
Kayleigh Kowaleski, student of Sarah Watkins

Independence High School

Monali Ardeshna, student of Leonard Buscemi 
Jingyi Ma, student of Leonard Buscemi
Siena Marek, student of Ryan Rimmer
Matthew Melendez, student of Leonard Buscemi
Montserrat Patino, student of Ryan Rimmer
Cecilia Rodriguez, student of Leonard Buscemi
Meghna Sahoo, student of Leonard Buscemi
Noor Sayed, student of Leonard Buscemi
Katie Todd, student of Leonard Buscemi (two pieces)
Natalia Vega-Munguia, student of Leonard Buscemi
Melissa Wang, student of Leonard Buscemi
Morgan Wooley, student of Leonard Buscemi

Reedy High School

Yunbeen Bae, student of Katie Gallimore
AvaGrace Doyle, student of Katie Gallimore

Wakeland High School

Emma Myers, student of Cristen Garza

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