Students Succeed at Junior VASE

Houston, Texas: On Saturday, May 2, Galena Park Middle School had a group of talented students participate in the Junior VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) art competition. Junior VASE competitions differ from many other art competitions in that students not only submit artwork, they also interview with judges about the inspiration behind the piece and the process with which it was created. Upon interviewing students and judging their artwork, the judges bestow a score to each student. This is a four-point scale where 1 is average, 2 is good, 3 is excellent and 4 is superior. Only a rating of Superior receives a Gold Medal. Of the 10 artworks entered, 9 received a Superior rating and earned a gold medal. “These students worked hard all year. What's exciting is, not only did their artwork receive accolades, but their interviews went extremely well too. The judges were impressed with their skills and knowledge,” said Wesley Frey, GPMS art teacher.

One of the students, Maria Cortes, was also presented a Silver Medallion, which is the highest honor a student can receive at this event. The Silver Medallion represents the judges' favorite artworks chosen from the gold medal winners - the best of the best and very few are given.



Pictured (l/r): Ernesto Resendiz, 2 Gold Medals; Anthony Maldonado, 1 Gold Medal; Marcela Banda-Estrada, 1 Gold Medal; Maria Cortes, 1 Gold Medal and The Silver Medallion; Hunter Blake, 2 Gold Medals; Guadalupe Lombera, 2 Gold Medals.




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