osh visual arts winnersMore than 40 students from Maple Grove, Osseo and Park Center senior high schools were recognized for their work and commitment to excellence in the arts at the 2017 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Section 4AA/5AA Visual Arts Festival at Perpich Center for Arts Education last month.

Students submitted work in a variety of categories, including photography, drawing, painting and ceramics. College and high school instructors, as well as professional artists from throughout the state, judged students’ work.

At the completion of the festival, three District 279 students were honored with Judge’s Choice/Spotlight on the Arts awards. In earning these distinctions, Osseo Senior High’s Tina Boe and Jerret Nestico and Park Center Senior High’s Hana Nguyen were invited to exhibit their work at the 2017 Minnesota State Visual Arts Exhibition at Perpich on May 13.

Section 4AA/5AA award winners from Osseo Area Schools are:

Maple Grove Senior High
Superior Awards
Kathrina Gauthier (Sculpture), Alexis Hansen (Crafts), Clay Larson (Ceramics), Ashley Parsons (Painting), Lillian Perry, Colton Wojta (Film Photography, two awards)

Excellent Awards
Lillian Chen (Crafts), Claire Kiewatt (Drawing), Mikaela Marsh (Ceramics), Samantha Nguyen (Drawing), Mariah Reed (Sculpture), Beau Schaefer (Ceramics), Samantha Suehr (Drawing), Madeline Theisen (Crafts), Jared Wiens

Osseo Senior Highhana nguyen pcsh
Superior Awards
Tina Boe (Ceramics, Judge’s Choice winner), Ben Gilbertson (Ceramics), Jerret Nestico (Ceramics, Judge’s Choice winner), Dylan Penny (Ceramics), Braylin Ramseth (Jewelry), Brandi Schoenberg (Jewelry)

Excellent Awards
Samantha Banwell (Digital Photography), Micah Beisner (Ceramics), Kevin Carlson (Photography), Andrea Catarino (Drawing), Maddie Gorman (Ceramics), Kelsi Hart (Photography), Alliana Houfek (Drawing), Taylor Oeltjenbruns (Drawing), Emily Staedy (Photography), Lexus Yang (Digital Photography)

Achievement Award
Anna Gallagher

Park Center Senior High
Superior Awards
Mariam Abuisnaineh (Drawing), Malcolm Richards (Drawing), Victoria Vang (Crafts)

Excellent Awards
Jenna Bartunek (Drawing), Angelina Escalona (Drawing), Anonda Hall (Digital Photography), Yasminna Kochmann (Digital Photography), Cheng Lee (Sculpture), Cheyanne Leeds (Crafts), Katrina Marshall (Painting), Anisa Mohamed (Sculpture), Naima Mohamed (Sculpture), Hana Nguyen (Painting, Judge’s Choice winner), Jaylin Stanford (Painting), Ashley Vang (Drawing), Yer Vang (Sculpture), Nathan Xiong (Sculpture)

PHOTOS: (Top) Osseo Senior High's MSHSL Visual Arts Festival winners were recognized for their work in the ceramics, jewelry, photography and drawing categories. (Bottom) Park Center Senior High's Hana Nguyen won a Judge's Choice/Spotlight on the Arts award for her painting, "Megalopolis."