Source: Valley Roadrunner

Valley Center High School awards artists

April 17, 2014

The Valley Center Art Association presented their annual Valley Center High School art show awards on April 3 in the Valley Center High School media center/library. Students exhibited 154 entries. Valley Center High School art teachers Brian McMurdo and Robert Conrad organized the show. The Valley Center Art Association provided judges, cash awards, and ribbons to students in various art categories. Awards were presented by Art Association members Ed and Linda LaBrado.

Judge Barbara Graham, said, “The artwork was incredible and the level of art was superb. We had a difficult time choosing winners.”

Best of Show was won by Kaelie Rush for her sculpture entitled “Gulliver the Fish.”

First place in watercolor, acrylics, color print, and pastels was awarded to Nina Montejano. Maggie Ryan took second place and Kaelie Rush received third place.

In the sculpture category, Wyatt Barner took first place, Dani Thomas received second place, Katia Aguirre was awarded third place, and Koby Fleck won honorable mention.

In the ceramics category, Annika Odeen was awarded first place, Jaysha Schwindt won second place, Alexandria Velasquez took third place, and Jairo Diaz won honorable mention.

In the photography category, Bianca Mendez received first place, Randy McCowan was awarded second and third place, and Dylan Vanderberg won honorable mention.

In the scratchboard, pencil, ink, markers, and charcoal category, Wyatt Barner was awarded first, Maggie Ryan received second place, and Kaelie Rush won third place and honorable mention.

In the mixed media category, Isabel Rocha took first place, second place went to Charlotte McCarrick, Jairo Diaz won third place, and Caitlyn Simons took honorable mention.

The art awards consisted of ribbons and cash awards of $75 for Best of Show, $50 for first place, $25 for second place, $15 for third place, and $10 for honorable mention. The art show awards were provided by the generous donation of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians.

In addition to the above awards, the students will be voting on a separate popular choice award.

Valley Center Art Association will present an art scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to major or minor in art at the upcoming senior awards ceremony in June.

Information on upcoming events or membership can be obtained by calling Kathy Hayden, President, VC Art Association at (760) 749-7589 or The VCAA web site is