2 high school students recognized by Grand View University
FERRIS - Ferris High School students Tristan Taylor and Donald Lofton have each won "Honorable Mention" awards in an online art contest sponsored by Grand View University.
The students received awards from the "Grand View University Art & Design Online High School Art Competition."
The university posts a different theme for each month. High school art students are invited to submit any kind of art related to that theme for the contest.
One entry is selected each month to win a $250 cash prize.
In October, Taylor won "Honorable Mention" for his art related to the theme "Fast Food."
Grand View posted his winning entry and judges’ comments on their contest Web site.
"Excellent use of collage to combine a traditional sense of depth and space with surreal and amusing imagery," said Grand View Art & Design faculty contest judges.
In December, Lofton won an "Honorable Mention" for his art related to the theme "Home."
"This lovely photograph has an excellent composition, dramatic lighting and texture. We got caught up in the mystery: Who lived here and when?" said Grand View Art & Design faculty contest judges.
Ferris students will continue to submit entries for the online contest.
Art teacher Steven Hunter hopes to use winnings to continue expanding the art department.
Hunter recently purchased digital cameras for the department after winning a city-wide photography contest.
"Winning the Trinity River contest really showed our students that success can be attained just by working hard and believing in yourself. Winning these recent accolades from the university just reinforces that belief in their own abilities," said Hunter.
Grand View has been so impressed with Ferris talent that they asked the school to design certificates to send to the contest’s January winners.
Since Ferris does not have the appropriate software to make the certificates, Grand View has considered making a donation to the school if Ferris has a first place winner.
"I really feel our students can win this contest, and when they do, they will not only be achieving great things for themselves, but for their school and their peers.
"Success breeds success, so let’s see what Ferris High students come up with next time!" said Hunter.