Art students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School recently took home honors at area high school art competitions.
Students from both schools were selected to compete in the 34th Annual Danny K. Davis Seventh Congressional Art Competition on May 2 at the United Center in Chicago. A committee of six judges chose the winners and prizes were awarded to first though sixth places.
Elijah Austin, a student at Proviso East, received the second place prize, which includes a summer scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a new computer system, and a pair of Chicago Bulls basketball tickets. Additionally, his drawing will be framed and displayed in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Also, Ariana Juarez received the sixth place prize, which includes tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game, passes to the Art Institute, and a savings bond.
Ms. Daphne Hill, an art teacher at Proviso East, said that this was the first time that two students from Proviso East had placed in the competition in the same year.
"The art department is very excited for the accomplishments of these students," Ms. Hill said. "I hope this success motivates our students to continue exploring their creative abilities and furthering their art education. I am so proud of the work they produced this year."
Also selected to compete from District 209 in the Danny Davis contest were Alisa Renteria from Proviso East and from Proviso West, Roderick Morrow, Corey Aaron Thomas, Karla Rodriguez, Tamia Manning, Salvador Castanon, Tajohanae Ashcraft, and Rebecca Mendoza.
A Proviso West student artist also recently won a prize at the 43rd Annual Triton College Visual Communications High School Contest. Tamia Manning, a Proviso West sophomore, was awarded the honorable mention ribbon out of 57 student entries in her category.