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Youth Art Exhibition winners announced

3/13/01

Eight young artists have been selected as winners in this year’s Youth Art Month Exhibition, which is on display through April 15 in the wings of the Balcony Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The winners’ work will be placed in the permanent collection of the West Virginia State Museum. Each of the eight winners will receive a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials at an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center.

In addition, three works in the exhibition have been selected to represent West Virginia in the annual Congressional Art Competition for High School Students. The Congressional Competition is sponsored by members of the United States Congress and culminates in a summer exhibition at the United States Capitol Building.

The Youth Art Month Exhibition features the works of 91 students, grades K-12, from 23 West Virginia counties. Artworks in the annual exhibition were selected from a statewide competition. The program is produced in cooperation with the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Department of Education in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

All winners were chosen by Charleston artist Betty Warner. She is best known for her watercolor paintings and has participated in invitational group exhibitions at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling; Sunrise Museum’s Award Winners Show, Charleston; and the Art Students League Students’ show, New York. Warner’s work also is represented in many corporate and private collections. In addition, she plays the violin and has performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

A list of the winners is enclosed along with a complete list of students whose work is included in the exhibition.

National leaders established Youth Art Month to underscore the importance of including arts experiences in all students’ education. For more information about the Youth Art Month Exhibition, call Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Winners - Youth Art Month
Danny Scott Pethtal, Grade 10, North Marion High School, Marion County
Cody Baker, Grade 7, Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants County
Nathan Kelly, Grade K, Ranson Elementary School, Jefferson County
Eryn Gray, Grade 6, Wirt County Middle School, Wirt County
Bethany Ritchie, Grade 5, Ravenswood Grade School, Jackson County
Emily McMullen, Grade 10, Williamson High School, Mingo County
Maria Faini, Grade 12, Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County
Rachael Marie Ellzey, Grade 9, John Adams Junior High School, Kanawha County

Congressional Award Winners
Katie Hamrick, Grade 12, South Harrison High School, Harrison County
Karri Rose Roberts, Grade 12, Richwood High School, Nicholas County
Tara Clista Murphy, Grade 12, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County

Honorable Mention
Quinn Rose Ketterman, Grade 10, Elkins High School, Randolph County

Exhibition Participants - Youth Art Month

Barbour County
Jordan Tobias Long, Philip Barbour High School, Grade 12
Leann Jones, Philippi Middle School, Grade 6
Kylie Proudfoot, Philip Barbour High School, Grade 12
Breanna Peek, Belington Middle School, Grade 8

Boone County
Ricky L. Woodrum II, Scott High School, Grade 12
Tony Giachetti, Wharton Elementary School, Grade 4
Damian S. Bias, Madison Middle School, Grade 8

Doddridge County
Kayla Yerkey, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 8
Kara Nicholson, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 5
Gregory B. Cox, Doddridge County Middle School, Grade 8
Jonathan Johnson, Doddridge County Middle School,
Grade 8

Gilmer County
Brandon Hernandez, Normantown Grade School, Grade 4
Joshua R. Hardman, Troy Elementary School, Grade 6
Stephen K. Carter, Sand Fork Elementary School, Grade 4
Katlyn O. Kennedy, Glenville Elementary School, Grade 2

Greenbrier County
Holly L. Morgan, Lewisburg Elementary School, Grade 6
Susan L. Wyatt, Lewisburg Elementary School, Grade 5
Megan B. Lenherr, Lewisburg Elementary School, Grade 3
Ainsley Strand, Lewisburg Elementary School, Grade 6

Harrison County
Katie Hamrick, South Harrison High School, Grade 12
Brandy Swiger, Liberty High School, Grade 12
Julie A. Seliga, Robert C. Byrd High School, Grade 11
Olivia Hill, Robert C. Byrd High School, Grade 12

Jackson County
Amanda Bentley, Ravenswood High School, Grade 12
Bethany Ritchie, Ravenswood Grade School, Grade 5
Rylie Anderson, Evans Elementary School, Grade 3
Aaron Harding, Ravenswood High School, Grade 12

Jefferson County
James Thompson, Jefferson High School, Grade 10
Amber Hobgood, Ranson Elementary School, Grade 3
Dan J. Smith, South Jefferson Elementary School, Grade 6
Nathan Kelley, Ranson Elementary School, Grade K

Kanawha County
Katherine L. Robinson, Point Harmony Elementary School,
Grade 5
Emily K. Ambrose, John Adams Junior High School, Grade 9
Rachel M. Ellzey, John Adams Junior High School, Grade 9
Emily Cherry, Sissonville High School, Grade 11

Marion County
Clifford Riggs, North Marion High School, Grade 12
Danny S. Pethtal, North Marion High School, Grade 10
Erin K. Dunigan, North Marion High School, Grade 11

Mingo County
Emily A. McMullen, Williamson High School, Grade 10
Robert S. Hatfield, Matewan High School, Grade 10
Suzanne A. Smith, Matewan High School, Grade 12

Morgan County
Elizabeth A. Paine, Widmyer Elementary School, Grade 5
Ardath R. Osborne, Widmyer Elementary School, Grade 3
Kelly Kuykendall, North Berkeley Elementary School, Grade 1
Kari M. Mundey, Widmyer Elementary School, Grade 5

Nicholas County
Karri R. Roberts, Richwood High School, Grade 12
Lundy C. Bailey, Richwood Junior High School, Grade 9
Benjamin M. Simpkin, Nicholas County High School,
Grade 12
Tavia Hanshaw, Summersville Junior High School, Grade 9

Ohio County
Madison Andreini, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade 5
Cailey Follet, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade 2
Cara Hagan, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade 4
Chelsea Mills, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade 3
Morgan McDermott, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade 1
Griffin Rogers, Wheeling Country Day School, Grade K
Sean Horan, Triadelphia Middle School, Grade 8
Becky Bateson, Wheeling Park High School, Grade 12
Jessica Bona, Bridge Street Middle School, Grade 6
Maria Faini, Wheeling Park High School, Grade 12

Pleasants County
Cody Baker, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 7
Casey Dixon, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 5
Emily Berry, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 6
Chad Taylor, Pleasants County Middle School, Grade 8

Preston County
Jamie M. Bishop, Preston High School, Grade 12
Shawna C. Sines, Rowlesburg Middle School, Grade 8
Stephanie A. Loughrie, Rowlesburg Elementary School,
Grade 1
Dustin Miller, Tunnelton Elementary School, Grade 2

Putnam County
Katherine A. Green, Hurricane High School, Grade 11
Logan Robinson, Winfield Elementary School, Grade 3
Anthony DeVore, George Washington Elementary School,
Grade 5
Ryan Perrey, Hurricane High School, Grade 12

Raleigh County
Morgan Bridi, Park Junior High School, Grade 9
Tara C. Murphy, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 12
Demetrick D. Burger, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 12
Ralph E. Beisner, Woodrow Wilson High School, Grade 10

Randolph County
Quinn R. Ketterman, Elkins High School, Grade 10
Amber Kwasniewski, Elkins High School, Grade 12
James G. Moran, Elkins High School, Grade 12

Wayne County
Kathryn E. Veazey, Spring Valley High School, Grade 12
Alyssa Mills, Ceredo Elementary School, Grade 2
Michael P. Robinson, Kenova Elementary School, Grade 5
Amanda S. Jarrell, Ceredo-Kenova Middle School, Grade 8

Wirt County
Brittany Davies, Wirt County Middle School, Grade 7
Stephanie A. Keller, Wirt County High School, Grade 12
Dustin Harkness, Wirt County High School, Grade 12
Eryn Gray, Wirt County Middle School, Grade 6

Wood County
Jill Oakes, Jackson Junior High School, Grade 8

Wyoming County
Rachel Anderson, Wyoming County East High School, Grade 11
Zach Vance, Baileysville High School, Grade 10
Bradley Buchanon, Wyoming County East High School, Grade 11
Patience Day, Wyoming County East High School, Grade 11

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