Art Around Town winners announced

Winners for the 20th annual Art Around Town exhibit have been chosen, organizers announced last week.
The annual event, which ended Tuesday, featured two-dimensional artwork created by area elementary and middle school students from 11 area school districts.
The exhibit was sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains' (MSU-WP) University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department and held in the exhibit hall at the West Plains Civic Center.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the process for judging the entries this year was altered slightly, organizers said. Instead of awarding the top three entries by grade, artists from the area who juried the exhibit chose the top three entries from each school district, organizers explained.
A Best of Show winner also was selected. That honor went to Keyonna Patterson, a fifth-grade student at Fair View School, for her watercolor and pen piece.
Other winners by school include:
Alton – Kendrick Sechrest, fifth grade, first place; Annie Roberts, third grade, second place; and Colton Hitch, fifth grade, third place.
Birch Tree – Briar Stephenson, third grade, first place; Cooper Triplett, first grade, second place; Miles Dudley, kindergarten, third place.
Fair View – Savannah Graham, eighth grade, first place; Zoey Downen, first grade, second place; Lyla Kelley, fifth grade, third place.
Glenwood – Marllee Kaufman, sixth grade, first place; Kaylee Brotherton, fifth grade, second place; Aubree Johnson, first grade, third place.
Junction Hill – McKinley Hall, eighth grade, first place; Ashlynn Walsh, eighth grade, second place; Kaegan Brotherton, seventh grade, third place.
Koshkonong – Brylie Orsborn, seventh grade, first place; Mandy Owens, fifth grade, second place; Constance Pritchett, third grade, third place.
Mtn. View Elementary – Triston Taber, fifth grade, first place; Allisyn Noble, fourth grade, second place; Parker Oliver, first grade, third place.
Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty Middle School – Kaydence Farris, eighth grade, first place; Teytam McClellan, eighth grade, second place; Tatum Murphy, sixth grade, third place.
Thayer – Mya Lawrence, third grade, first place; Miles Cotham, first grade, second place; Alex Shamel, fourth grade, third place.
West Plains Middle School – John Niessen, sixth grade, first place; Avery Follis, eighth grade, second place; Alanna McNichols, eighth grade, third place.
Willow Springs – Halie Guffey, eighth grade, first place; Eliona Fursov, kindergarten, second place; Adele Kharitonova, eighth grade, third place.
Because of the pandemic, an awards ceremony was not held. Instead, the awards will be sent to the schools and presented to the students by their teachers, organizers said.
"Congratulations to the schools and students who are being recognized for their amazing talent," U/CP Director Brenda Polyard said.
A total of 180 pieces of artwork were submitted by school officials for this year's exhibit.
For more information about Art Around Town and how to participate in next year's event, call the U/CP office at 417-255-7966 or visit wp.missouristate/edu/ucp/theater.htm.

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