Student Art Gets Top Billing at School Board Meeting

School Board members and superintendents were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced tough decisions in selecting the 2011 winners in the Virginia School Boards Association Valley Regional Art Contest.  Student art from elementary, middle, and high school levels represented each school division in the competition, which was judged at a recent regional forum for area school board members.

School Board Chairman Barbara Lee congratulates Johnson-Williams Middle School student Justin Delaney for winning second place with his entry in the VSBA Student Art contest - Photo Edward Leonard

The VSBA Regional Art contest was started in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students.   For each of the nine VSBA regions, a winner is chosen for the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and Richmond office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

At this year’s Regional Art contest included entries from Clarke County students Logan Michael (Boyce Elementary),  Justin Delaney (Johnson-Williams Middle School) and Riley McCall of Clarke County High School.

Riley McCall’s Panda Bear entry received 2nd Place and was a personal favorite of Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy.

The student’s art entries will be displayed at the School Board office for the next 12 months, with grateful appreciation to the artists.

“Riley, if your panda bear disappears from the School Board office over the next year it will be because it is hanging in my home” Murphy joked.

CCPS School Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy demonstrates artwork by CCHS student Riley McCall - Photo Edward Leonard

School Board Chairman Barbara Lee congratulates Boyce Elementary student Logan Michael on his entry in the VSBA Student Art contest - Photo Edward Leonard