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Art students win big

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By Jennifer Caldwell

 

Winning may not be everything, but for Campbell County High School (CCHS) art students it seems to be the only thing.

With a long standing tradition of victories at the local, state and national levels, the 2008-09 school year proved to be no different for Georgea Green and her pupils.

Competing with thousands of students in seven different contests, CCHS was well represented with wins in each of them.

“We had a great year this year and I just want people to know we are working hard,” Green said with obvious pride in her voice.

At the state level Jessica Allen, Sean Lynn and Amber Tkaczyk, senior art students, were honored by having their pieces hang in the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as the Scholastic Art Competition. Tkaczyk also won first place in the National Wild Turkey and Wildlife Forever State Fish competitions.

In addition to Tkaczyk, Allen and Lynn, Shelby Brackett, Tyler Widener, Josh Green and Megan Ford took home top 10 honors in the National Wild Turkey Federation contest.

Green’s students are no strangers to the high standards set by their predecessors, so with six previous wins in the Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp competitions, their sights were set on a seventh. Although the top honor eluded them, Green was proud to report that 21 of the 68 pieces in the contest received recognition.

Megan Ford rounded out the year of competitions with a win in the Congressional District contest sponsored by Congressman Lincoln Davis. For the second year in a row Campbell County will be represented by artwork hanging in the Hall of Congress in Washington, D.C.

“It was a very unusual and beautiful piece,” Green said of Ford’s mixed media piece that included fabric, print making, colored pencil and acrylics representing the beauty of Tennessee.

While Green, a self-proclaimed mother hen, takes much pride in the determination, hard work and talent of her students, she is quick to point out the success of her program relies heavily on community support.

“I am so thankful to the people of Campbell County for their contributions to the art department,” Green said of the generosity of local businesses and individuals that did everything from buying painted pumpkins to participating in the spring art show.

Contributors to the art show included UGO, Food City, Campbell County Artist’s Association and Leah Kitts.

As she recalls the highlights of the past school year, Green credits her successes over her career to her willingness to commit the program to the Lord.

“I thank the Lord for all of the talent in this county and the willingness of the kids to work,” Green said.