Weeki Wachee High School art teacher, Roxanne Campbell was beaming with pride on Friday morning April 21, 2017. Fourteen of her 2D art students were personally recognized by US Congressman Dan Webster for participation in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Winners of the competition were selected from more than 86 high school students in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Marion Counties. Two of the 14 Weeki Wachee students who submitted entries placed in the competition.
Campbell said that her group of about 30 2D art students this year are some of the most talented and dedicated art students she’s worked with at the school.
“I think mostly that they feed off of each other… [They are] true artists,” said Campbell.
Each spring, Rep. Webster sponsors the local high school art competition as part of a nationwide program designed to recognize and encourage young artistic talent. The competition's theme was “America the Beautiful,” inspired by the American patriotic song. This year marked the seventh competition.
“The judges and I were in awe of the overwhelming amount of quality artwork submitted by 86 exceptionally talented high school students,” said Rep. Webster. “This is the biggest turnout so far in our annual Congressional Art Competition. The spectacular artwork and record turnout is a reflection of the emphasis that our schools are placing on the arts, and I am pleased to be a part of encouraging the next generation of artistic talent.”
“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the art teachers and administrators who supported the contest and are working to ensure that the next generation of artists are able to flourish and enrich our community.”
Weeki Wachee High School student Sarah Santiago was the first place Hernando County winner and Sarah’s classmate, Desiree Sax placed second in the district wide competition.
Sarah’s piece depicts Lady Liberty holding an infant wrapped in the American Flag whose arms are outstretched toward an open window. Sarah used acrylic paint to create the compelling image. The painting will be displayed in Hernando County School District Headquarters.
Desiree’s piece completed mostly in watercolor is entitled, “Admiration.” It depicts a father and child standing in shadow before a night’s sky lit with fireworks. The painting will be on display in Congressman Webster’s Washington D.C. office for one year.