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Western Kansas Scholastic Art Awards

Western Kansas Scholastic Arts

Honors Competition Winners


Liberal, KS — January 18, 2019 — The Twenty-Fifth Annual Western Kansas Scholastic Art (WKSA) Competition and Exhibition 2019is on view from January 27, 2019through February 22, 2019at the Baker Arts Center in Liberal, Kansas. The exhibition will include 216 art works of all kinds; photography, sculpture, metals, glass, drawings, paintings, ceramics, graphics and much more.WKSA is pleased to announce that there are 5 American Visions nominees, 44 Gold Key, 62 Silver Key plus 110 Honorable Mention awards that will be on display. 


Cimarron High School Awards

Mariah Dechant, So, Gold Key, Charcoal Drawing, & Silver Key, Charcoal/Color Pencil Drawing;

Karla Carbajal, Fr, Honorable Mention, Charcoal Drawing; Kaitlynn Dyke, Sr, Honorable Mention, Mixed Drawing Medium; Tristyn Luther, Fr, Honorable Mention, Charcoal Drawing; Ramon Munoz-Villanueva, Fr, Honorable Mention, Ink Drawing; Kirstyn Nestor, So, Honorable Mention, Acrylic Painting; Mariana Ramirez, Sr, Honorable Mention, Charcoal Drawing; Ana Maria Ramirez, Sr, Honorable Mention, Pencil Drawing; Cassidy Schmidt, Jr. Honorable Mention, Ink Drawing;

Jordan Toothaker, Sr, Honorable Mention, Ink Drawing, & Honorable Mention, Charcoal Drawing;

Nicole Yungco, So, Honorable Mention, Ink Drawing.


Junior High School Awards

Desirae Crow, 8, Gold Key, Pencil Drawing; Alexis Neis, 8, Gold Key, Sculpture, & Silver Key, Pencil Drawing; Aysha Kemp, 8, Silver Key, Color Marker; Kennedy Jarnagin, 8, Honorable Mention, Pencil Drawing.


For Gold Keyworks of art and writing in the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, video game design, and more,the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are adjudicated again on a national level by a panel ofleading creative professionals. National Gold Medalists will be announced March 12, 2019 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2019. A complete list of 2019 regional Gold Key Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recipients is available online at artandwriting.org.


In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, a closing awards ceremony will be held at 1:00PM on February 22nd, 2019 at Seward County Community College Showcase Theater in Liberal, KS. Awards and college scholarships will be given at this time.Please come enjoy the award winning art work of these talented young people from Western Kansas. 


The WKSA is an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards show and all American Vision and Gold Key award winning artworks go on and compete nationally. The WKSA Awards contest is open to students in grades 7-12 from the following 31 counties: Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Rawlings, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, and Wichita. This year there were 526 total entries from 21 teachers from 18 participating schools.


Works will be on display at the Baker Arts Center in Liberal, KS from January 27thto February 22nd. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday 9:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-3:00. Closed on Monday and Saturday.  

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