Special to the Journal
The winners of the local 2012 Kiwanis Art Contest were announced during a reception held Sunday afternoon, March 18, at the Albany Museum of Art (AMA).
First-place winners were: 12th grade, Abigail Barlow, Westover High School; 11th Grade, Angelise Anderson, Westover High; 10th Grade, Aniessa Fudge, Westover High; 9th Grade, Brittany Mitchell, Westover High; 8th Grade, Darrek Garner, Albany Middle School; 7th Grade, Marcus McCoy, Merry Acres Middle School; and 6th Grade, Jordan Jones, Albany Middle School.
Since 1980, the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County has annually sponsored the art contest for students in Dougherty and Lee counties. Included in the competition are students from grades K-12 in private and public schools, as well as recently-added home school students.
Only middle and high school student artwork is judged and awarded prizes. Elementary school entries are selected by teachers and are displayed in an exhibition at Albany Mall. All students who have artwork for entry in the contest or display at the mall are awarded a certificate for their efforts. Even to have artwork entered in the contest is considered an honor, since each teacher can select only 30 pieces with a limit of three by any one student.
This year, three judges – AMA staffer Crystal Morrison, local artist Steve Hinton, and former art teacher Diane Wosotowsky – reviewed and rated the middle and high school entries. The first-place winners in the local contest are entered in the statewide Georgia Kiwanis District competition. Prizes in the state contest total $7,000 in scholarship funds. Since 1990, entries in the Dougherty/Lee contest have earned more than $30,000 in awards at the state level.
Winning middle and high school artworks are displayed in AMA’s Willson Auditorium and will remain there until April 27. Winning elementary art pieces will be exhibited at Albany Mall adjacent to Sears department store from April 16 through April 29.
Middle and high school art will go on display April 29 and will remain until May 13.
On Monday, May 14, local winners will be hosted and recognized during the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County weekly luncheon meeting, where more than $1,500 in prize money will be awarded. A “Best in Show” recipient will also be announced, with a $250 prize.
Appreciation is expressed to partners who are helping the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County to carry out the contest: the Dougherty and Lee counties’ school systems, Southwest Georgia Home School Association, the Albany Area Arts Council, Albany Museum of Art, and Albany Mall.
According to Dougherty Kiwanis art contest chair Ken Rodd and club president Todd Butler, “On behalf of the 120 members of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, thank you for your support of art in the schools and helping us encourage the youth of our community.”
Rodd acted as emcee of the Sunday awards ceremony, with winners announced and ribbons presented by Kiwanians Ann Owen and Kristin Caso.
Winners in the contest are: Sixth Grade, first place, Jordan Jones, Albany Middle School; second place, Waverly Wahbeh, Deerfield Windsor; third place, Albert Mumphrey, Albany Middle School; honorable mentions, Sidney Reid, Merry Acres Middle School; Gauge Peterson, Albany Middle School; Nechemya Tumbling, Dougherty International Education Middle School (DIEMS); Mishari King, Robert Cross Middle School.
Seventh Grade, first place, Marcus McCoy, Merry Acres Middle School; second place, Essence Baisden, DIEMS; third place, Richard Haines, Albany Middle School; honorable mentions, Kiara Douglas, Robert Cross Middle School; Luis Resendez, Robert Cross Middle School; Richard Haines, Albany Middle; Kendyll Freeman, Deerfield Windsor; Hannah Takesh, St. Teresa’s Catholic School; Jenny Wang, Lee County Middle School; Chris Jenkins, Radium Springs Middle School.
Eighth Grade: first place, Darrek Garner, Albany Middle School; second place, William Bryant, Robert Cross Middle School; third place, Hadden Kelley, Deerfield Windsor; honorable mentions, Alisa Ivanina, Robert Cross Middle School; Tahji Davis, Albany Middle; Ashley Flick, Robert Cross; Nakeyah Marshall, Southside Middle; Shontell Smith, Southside Middle; Demetrius Joseph, Radium Springs Middle.
Ninth Grade: first place, Brittany Mitchell, Westover High; second place, Mallorie Sammons, Deerfield Windsor; third place, Mallorie Sammons, Deerfield Windsor; honorable mentions, Ka’Nena Alford, Dougherty High; Chiarra Palozzollo, Westover High.
Tenth Grade: first place, Aniessa Fudge, Westover High; second place, Gabby Burt, Deerfield Windsor; third place, Emily McPeters, Deerfield Windsor; honorable mentions, Jeffrey Wallace, Albany High; Brian Sawchun, Albany High; Hannah Harper, Westover High; Emily McPeters, Deerfield Windsor.
Eleventh Grade: first place, Angelise Anderson, Westover High; second place, Kaylan Conklin, Albany High; third place, Jamil Zachery, Albany High; honorable mentions, Teddrisha Stephens, Albany High; Sarah Cory, Lee County High; Tenisha Polite, Dougherty High; Tanisha Young, Westover High; Maddie Leach, SW Georgia Home School; Mary Claire Sanders, SW Georgia Home School; Marlee Skinner, Deerfield Windsor.
Twelfth Grade: first place, Abigail Barlow, Westover High; second place, Tyra Teadt, Lee County High; third place, Tamia Lewis, Dougherty High; honorable mentions, Tyrell Burks, Albany High; Phyl Fralick, Westover High; Tunisha Hayes, Westover High; Briauna Anglin, Westover High; Heather Lash, Deerfield Windsor.
Best of Show: first place, Hannah Harper, 10th grade, Westover High; Katie Brown, 11th grade, Westover High; third place, Diana Raulerson, 11th grade, Westover High.
Guests view winning art contest entries arranged on the walls of the Willson Auditorium at Albany Museum of Art.
Dougherty County Kiwanians Joan Toole and Ann Owen assist a guest with refreshments at the museum art contest reception.