State Bound: First-Year Visual Arts Classic Team Dominates Regional Competition

Vanessa Underhill, Student of Journalism

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Dominating the competition at regionals in its first time competing, the NHS Visual Arts Classic team secures a position to advance to state on Friday.

“We didn’t expect to win,” senior Kaley Waters said. “We were just doing it to learn more about the program and have fun while doing it because we are all kids that love art and love each other’s company.”

For the regional competition, students must complete a long-term prompt and bring it with them to competition, complete an on-site short-term prompt, compete in a critical thinking challenge, and compete in a quiz bowl.

The competition is judged much like solo and ensemble, where anyone who gets a first place at regionals moves onto state.

Waters reflects on her long-term prompt, “I really enjoyed working on my box.  I am actually really happy with how it turned out and obviously it did really well at regionals.” 

Waters took first in the long-term category, and she is hoping to do the same at state.

In addition to Waters, the team of 14 (12 and two alternates) consists of seniors Rachel Blank, Emily Hase, Tori Jacque, Hannah Meixel, Jonathan Olson, Jerzey Popp, Breckin Sargeant, Haley Schneider and Nemiah Whitston; juniors Kaley Sagataw and Jane Rogers; sophomores Archer Gahl, and Autumn Schultz.

Art teacher Emma Santiago elaborates on Neenah’s victory.

“They placed first overall, third in quizbowl, third in critical thinking and then almost all of them placed first one of their individual pieces,” she said.

Since the team won first overall, they will bring the whole team to state, and they will all compete in all of the categories again.

According to the Wisconsin Art Education Association artists must each:

conduct research,

work independently,

work cooperatively as part of a team,

work out ideas in written form and sketches until they arrive at a solution,

accept constructive criticism,

take risks in solving problems.

“So they hit all of that at some point throughout competition,” Santiago explains.

The Visual Arts Classic state competition will take place April 12 at UW-Madison.

For information regarding the 2019-’20 VAC team contact Santiago at [email protected]

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