Manawa celebrates LWHS champions
By Jared Zielke
The streets of Manawa came alive Friday, April 8, as the bus carrying the state champion Art Team rolled in with a police escort.
Bringing home the trophy for first place overall against 53 other schools, the Little Wolf Junior/Senior High School Art Team also won first place in the Critical Thinking competition, third place in the Quiz Bowl, and earned many other individual awards on their personal long-term and onsite pieces.
The results in the Long-Term category were: First place – Jared Zielke, Charley Gehrke, Maquelle Moede, Brittany Besaw; second – Meghan Hetzel, Sebastain Mikkelson, Megan Littleton, Jody Wentworth, Ally Rae, Brooke Schernecker, Jamie Buschke; third – Calli Steffen.
Results for Onsite were: First – Jared Zielke, Calli Steffen, Brittany Besaw, Jody Wentworth, Brooke Schernecker, Jamie Buschke; second – Charley Gehrke, Meghan Hetzel, Sebastain Mikkelson, Ally Rae; third – Megan Littleton; honorable mention – Maquelle Moede.
The Visual Arts Classic, the annual arts competition that the students participate in, consists of a theme. This year’s theme was Art and Science.
There are four main parts to the VAC: the long-term, the onsite, Critical Thinking and Quiz Bowl. Beginning in November, the students are assigned to a category (drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, art history, computer graphic design, traditional photography, personal adornment, video, or digital photography) with its own unique prompt to create a piece of art. They are also responsible for studying the 12 artists that accompany the theme.
They have until the Regional competition in March to complete their long-term project, study their artists and pack supplies for the onsite. An onsite is the project that is made at the competition, where students have no idea what they are going to make until they get there and have only 2 1/2 to complete.
Accompanying this is the Quiz Bowl on the artists the team studied, and the Critical Thinking. The Critical Thinking consists of the team solving a problem and presenting their idea to the judges and other teams.
Check out the ‘Little Wolf Jr/Sr High School Art & Graphic Design’ Facebook page to see a video of the team’s winning solution in action.
An Artists’ Reception will be held on May 12 at The Winemaker’s Daughter in downtown Manawa, with the state competition artwork on display.