A large crowd of creative artists, teachers, family and friends were on hand April 26 for the awards ceremony in the 31st Annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest.
Complete winners lists: Pre-K and K, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, College, Community, Seasoned.
Overall literary winners in the various age groups include: college, Andrew Mitton, Uvalde; community, Juan Perez, La Pryor; seasoned, Hank Hammer, Uvalde; PreK-Kindergarten, Macie Urban, St. Philip's Episcopal School; Grades 1-2, Audrey Childress, Knippa; Grades 3-4, Colton Layne Roark, Carrizo Springs; Grades 5-6, Hannah Rose Slack, Carrizo Springs; Grades 7-8, Kayleigh Karre, Sabinal Middle School; Grades 9-10, Jennifer Nguyen, Uvalde High School; and Grades 11-12, Tiffany Martinez, Uvalde Excel Academy.
In the visual arts division, overall winners include: college, Elaine Schlichting, Uvalde; community, David Carlos Diaz, Uvalde; seasoned, Joe De Tevis, Uvalde; PreK-Kindergarten, Noah Downing, Uvalde Classical Academy; Grades 1-2, Grayson Hesse, Uvalde Classical Academy; Grades 3-4, Delicia Campos, Benson Elementary, Uvalde; Grades 5-6, Sidney Richey, Flores Elementary, Uvalde; Grades 7-8, Terrell Davenport, Uvalde Classical Academy; Grades 9-10, Amber Herrera, San Antonio Stevens High School; and Grades 11-12, Stephanie Salazar, San Antonio Stevens High School.
A $20 cash prize was awarded all overall winners. In addition, trophies and medals were awarded to individual winners in various age groups and categories.
Prior to the awarding of prizes to individual winners, longtime St. Philip's kindergarten teacher Alice Ann Harrison was recognized for her dedication to her students and the creative arts contest. Harrison, who is retiring this year after 38 years in the classroom, was presented a framed print of SWTJC art instructor Abel Ortiz's painting of the downtown square in Uvalde.
SWTJC public information officer Willie Edwards was master of ceremonies for the event. The Reverend Michael Marsh of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Uvalde delivered the invocation and SWTJC Dean of Institutional Advancement and Technology Dr. Blaine Bennett gave the college's official welcome.
Members of the Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and instructors from the humanities and fine arts department helped with the ceremony.
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