Frisco ISD Visual Artists Wow at State Event

May 10, 2022

Artistic CongratsCongratulations to all of the students who competed at the Texas Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) Contest where FISD visual art students set a new District record for the number of students who were awarded Gold Seals!

The purpose of the High School VASE is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the visual arts by providing high school art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve. 

This year, more than 31,000 artworks were entered in VASE across the state. Students created artworks, wrote about their creative processes and articulated information about their artwork during an interview with a VASE juror.

VASE jurors consider five main criteria when reviewing student artwork including purpose or execution of intent, technique or use of media and tools, personal expression, elements and principles of art and the ability to communicate an effective interpretation of all aspects of the creative process.

Approximately 2,000 artworks advanced to the state round, including 71 from Frisco ISD students.

Of the 71 that advanced to state, 49 received medals for earning the highest scores, and 19 of those works received the coveted Gold Seal, the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Art Education Association. 

The Gold Seal is awarded to the top 150 artworks from the original 31,000 representing all competition levels from 1A to 6A. This means that the 19 FISD Gold Seal student artists are in the top .5% of artists in the state. 

To have works selected for this incredible honor is a tribute both to the hard work of the students and to the high standards that educators have set for student achievement. The Gold Seal artists and their teachers were recognized at the regular May Board meeting.

Congratulations to all of the students who were rated 4-Exemplary and especially those who earned the Gold Seal with a level 5-Distinguished rating.

Gold Seal Medal Winners

  • Gina Xu, Sophomore - Centennial, Teacher Ashley Ham 

  • Claire Zhang, Senior - Centennial, Teacher Ashley Ham 

  • Yuzhu Cai, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Erika Guerra, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi                                

  • Simon Hallez, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Vaishnevi Khatri, Freshman at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Aishwarya Kothalanka, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Helen Qin, Sophomore at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Adam Torres, Sophomore at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Alekhya Vattikuti, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi 

  • Samica Joshua, Sophomore at Independence - Teacher Jaclyn Seidler 

  • Ishaani Kusunam, Freshman at Independence - Teacher Jaclyn Seidler 

  • Shree Mishra, Freshman at Independence - Teacher Jaclyn Seidler 

  • Camila Salinas (2x), Junior at Lebanon Trail - Teacher Kristen Summers 

  • Ashwin Yogarantnam, Senior at Memorial - Teachers Sarah Watkins & Stephanie Lambert  

  • Emerson Lambert, Sophomore at Reedy - Teacher Kathleen Schrantz 

  • Elie Park, Sophomore at Reedy - Teacher Kathleen Schrantz                                

  • Madison Heydon, Sophomore at Wakeland - Teacher Geoff Baker

Medalist Winners

  • Claire Bian, Sophomore at Centennial - Teacher Ashley Ham

  • Min Kim, Sophomore at Centennial - Teacher Ashley Ham

  • Christina Sun, Senior at Centennial - Teacher Ashley Ham

  • Mandy Alexander, Junior at Centennial - Teacher Chana Jayme

  • Archer Wroblski, Sophomore Centennial, Teacher Chana Jayme

  • Kancana Kathiravan, Senior at Heritage - Teacher Carolyn Funk

  • Sara Batliwala, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi

  • Deeksha Bompada, Sophomore at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi

  • Divyasri Malavathu, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi

  • Nivedhithaa Manikandan, Junior at Independence - Teacher Leonard Buscemi

  • Twisha Kanumuru, Freshman at Lebanon Trail - Teacher Yona Chong

  • Soohyun Choi, Sophomore at Liberty - Teacher Emily DeLarios

  • Joy Kim, Sophomore at Liberty - Teacher Emily DeLarios

  • Laasya Puranam, Freshman at Liberty - Teacher Jeb Matulich

  • Sherry Hu, Junior at Liberty - Teacher Fred Rodriguez

  • Brooke Booher, Senior at Lone Star - Teacher Steven Bartu

  • Samreen Kaur, Freshman at Lone Star - Teacher Darci Massey

  • Manasa Nair, Freshman at Lone Star - Teacher Darci Massey

  • Manasvi Avayamukari, Junior at Reedy - Teacher Misty Foster

  • Juliana Negre, Freshman at Reedy - Teacher Michelle McClendon

  • Cassidy Schroder, Freshman at Reedy - Teacher Michelle McClendon

  • Nickolas Vo, Junior at Reedy - Teacher Michelle McClendon

  • Sophie Meinershagen, Sophomore at Reedy - Teacher Kathleen Schrantz

  • Nadia Ryan (2x), Sophomore at Reedy - Teacher Kathleen Schrantz

  • Caroline Girard, Senior at Wakeland - Teacher Geoff Baker

  • Madison Heydon, Sophomore at Wakeland - Teacher Geoff Baker

  • Olivia Wang, Sophomore at Wakeland - Teacher Geoff Baker

  • Naila Reza, Freshman at Wakeland - Teacher Cristen Garza

  • Joy Sha, Freshman at Wakeland - Teacher Cristen Garza

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