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Works by two Yakima students honored at OSPI's statewide Superintendent's High School Art Show

"Boys Don't Cry" pastel & colored pencil portrait by R. Arias Garcia, student of teacher Carole Huls.  Davis HS (Yakima SD). Two students from Yakima high schools are among those who have earned statewide honors for their creative skills at the 47th annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.

Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced the winners of this year’s show through a Facebook live presentation on the afternoon of Thursday, May 28.  The Facebook live program was hosted by OSPI superintendent Chris Reykdal and OSPI chief of staff Jamila Thomas.   

Purchase awards of $200 were went to 16 student entries from the field of 113 art pieces in the statewide show.  Artwork advanced to this OSPI show from nine regional exhibits that were held earlier this spring.  The OSPI show also designated Honorable Mention recognitions to four other students who had their items submitted. 

Rocio Garcia, an 11th grade student at Davis High School, won this year’s OSPI Staff Choice Award for her pastel and chalk artwork titled “Boys Don’t Cry.”  Rocio is a student of Davis art teacher Carole Huls, whose students have had art entries advance to OSPI’s state show during three of the past four years.  The Davis High School student’s work depicts an older boy crying and wearing a crown of flowers on top of his head.  The piece will be purchased for the ongoing display of student art at OSPI’s offices in Olympia.

Recorded comments by Rocio about her piece are included in the art show's awards presentation video posted at OSPI's Facebook site.  

"Every Drop Counts" water photo by J. Berger, student of teacher Lance Johnson, Eisenhower HS (Yakima SD) Additionally, Eisenhower High School senior Justin Berger earned one of four Honorable Mention nods at the state show for his black and white photography titled “Every Drop Counts,” which depicts an angled rippling drop of water.  Berger is a student of Eisenhower art teacher Lance Johnson, who has had students advance to the OSPI statewide show for the past five consecutive years.    

A recording of the 100-minute awards presentation by OSPI is available on the organization’s Facebook site.  Rocio’s award is presented at about the 12:00-minute mark.  The Honorable Mention presentations involving Berger start at about the 1:16:15 mark.

The 2020 statewide show was scheduled to be on exhibit in OSPI’s facilities at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia from April through the end of May.  Instead, all 113 pieces in this year’s show are being made available for viewing from OSPI’s Arts website.

Four other south central Washington high school students were part of this year’s OSPI statewide show, advancing with work that was exhibited in the ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show that was held in February and March at Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center.  Those four other area students in OSPI’s 2020 state show are: 

  • East Valley High School 12th grader Gabriella Byers for photo titled “Acrobat.”
  • West Valley High School 10th grader Haley Lambert for mixed media artwork titled “The Three Muses.” 
  • Toppenish High School 12th grader Jasmine Martinez for ceramic sculpture titled “Fall Into Autumn.”
  • Toppenish High School 12th grader Alexia Soto for ceramic sculpture titled “Demeter.”