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Valley City High Schoolâs artists will have one last chance to shine on Thursday at the VCHS Fine Arts Festival.
The exhibition in the school starts at 6 p.m. and comes days after several VCHS art students were honored for their achievements in the Junior Duck Stamp Competition at the stateâs annual banquet in Bismarck.
VCHS art instructor Kelly Callahan said as an art instructor, she can only do so much, but her students help teach and motivate each other.
âThey push each other, they see what the other students are doing, if theyâve reached their level or a higher level, and they inspire each other.
âThatâs what Iâm amazed by, every year, whether thereâs competition or not Iâm always really pleased with the kids work.
âThe sad thing about competition is thereâs not that many places for winners,â she said.
In the duck stamp competition, freshman Jazzlyn Statema was one of the first place winners for the grade 7-9 division, freshman Alexa McCulloch and senior Tera Laney-Ueker were second place finishers in the 7-9 and 10-12 division, respectively, and freshman Arelle Kruger and senior Taylor Storhoff were third place contestants in their respective divisions.
Felicia Esch, a freshman, beat out over 1,100 other students to win the State Conservation Message.
âI told the kids âif you donât win for your picture, you can win for your message, but itâs a tough one to win because thereâs only one.â
âWeâve one the conservation message three times, but I tell the students âitâs a long shotââ
Callahan said the message is optional in regards to submitting artwork, but she herself requires it as part of the studentâs grade.
âThe competition isnât just about having a duck picture, itâs the whole picture of what the state is trying to do and that awareness; youâre tying in ecology, your tying in science and your tying in art - what we can do to help the environment,â she said.
A major factor in judging the contest is scientific accuracy, and art instructor Carol Foth said biology teacher Randy Toppen has been instrumental in helping the students.
âIf we have any questions, we go to Randy,â Foth said.