Jimmy Carter Students Receive A Superior Rating in Visual Arts Scholastic Event.

The students attended the competition at Nikki Rowe High School on February 9th.

VASE is a TAEA (Texas Art Education Association) sponsored-visual arts event that recognizes and celebrates exemplary high school student artwork.  High school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas can participate by submitting a maximum of two artworks. Jurors interview students and evaluate their artworks using a rating system based on a regional rubric.  During the interview, students discuss their pieces explaining process, meaning, elements of art, and principles of design. Artworks receiving a superior rating of IV are presented with a Regional Medal and advance for State judging.

Glenda Villanueva and Clarissa Contreras are the first students to represent Jimmy Carter ECHS at VASE.  Both students received a superior rating of IV making them Regional Medal winners.

“I feel grrrrrrrrrreat to have been one of the first students to represent Jimmy Carter in this type of event. It is important to me to show the student body the great things that can be achieved through the visual arts.”, said Clarissa Contreras.

Glenda participated with a photograph, and Clarissa with a 3D mix media sculpture. Clarissa explained how her idea came about.

“It started with an idea that developed with my beta fish. As I observed the frond, the form and texture of the frond reminded me of a beta fish.”

Both of the girls explained how this experience was exciting and to some extent, rewarding.

Glenda Villanueva, sophomore, photography participant, said, “I really enjoyed my experience and had fun the whole time. My favorite and scariest part was the interview which i strangely enjoyed. I’m excited to continue competing in events and that’s thanks to VASE.”

Contreras, senior, mixed media creator, said “It was an amazing experience because this was my first time attending this event and it was very interesting to see a magnificent display of artworks created by other high school students from Region 1. I’ll remember this experience forever because this wasn’t just any competition. It was a competition I was excited to attend and felt confident about. “

Leslie hopes in graduating with an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mrs. Queen and Mr. Silva have both affected her learning experience positively because they are motivating and make her feel capable. Her favorite subjects are math and physics. The reason she enjoys these subjects is that these subjects allow her to come to an exact answer. In the other hand, she dislikes English because she believes literature should be open for interpretation and often, there isn’t a definite answer. Because she enjoys math and physics, she thinks they are her academic strengths. Leslie participates in UIL Math and Number Sense and is part of FBLA.

She wants to attend college to further her education because she wants to be successful financially, to live a happy life and make her parents and herself proud. One of her goals is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Achieving her goal means that she’ll be able to give back to the people in need. Something that is important to her is her education, as well as kindness.

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