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March 13, 2014

Students showcase their work at Arts & Humanities Day


Arts & Humanities DayHosting the ninth annual Arts & Humanities Day on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Wednesday, 79 students took part in the event. All totaled, more than 100 students and parents were on hand for the day’s festivities.

Mike Fell, art instructor, thanked everyone that helped with the event.

“Arts & Humanities Day would not be the event that it is without the talent and dedication of our faculty and staff to providing the best experiences possible for both our current and future students,” Fell said. “It is that caring and celebration of success that helps to make Cowley the only choice for many of our students. It is the faculty and staff, which as one student put it today, makes Cowley a safe haven in which to grow and explore and prepare for the next step in their lives.”

Those attending Arts & Humanities Day had the opportunity to compete for scholarships, cash vouchers, and awards. They also got to take in performances by Cowley College’s vocal and instrumental performing arts groups, tour the school’s music, theatre and arts programs, and interact with current students, faculty and staff.

Auditions and interviews were held for art and design, creative writing, theatre, studio and musical theatre dance, vocal music, instrumental music, and piano scholarships. Graduating seniors were eligible to audition for theatre, vocal music, instrumental music and piano scholarships.

Student artwork was displayed and prizes were  given in several different categories.

“When I walked into the Wright Room, a great sense of awe came over me,” interim associate vice president for enrollment management, Helen Nakos said. “I felt the dedication, pride, and creativity coming from the high school students’ artwork submitted for the Prodigy Awards. I was very pleased with the turn out; it was a wonderful group of students and parents to meet. Seeing the beaming faces of scholarship recipients, reminded all of us at Cowley, that we are here for future and current students.”

Prizes awarded included scholarships and cash prizes. Graduating seniors were eligible for Art & Design, Mass Media, and Creative Writing Scholarships.

“The judging was really difficult because of the top-notch, quality artwork that was displayed,” Fell said. “I really want to applaud the high school teachers for pushing their students to get involved in events like Arts & Humanities Day.”

An awards ceremony and an opportunity to tour the campus capped the day.

Lucia Morales and Madelyn Hale, from Derby High School, received Creative Writing awards and accepted Creative Writing Scholarships to attend Cowley College in the fall.

“I can't imagine any student not wanting to come join us,” Humanities Department Chair Marlys Cervantes said. 

Creative Writing Awards

  • Lucia Morales from Derby High School received the Best of Show award for her Creative Writing Portfolio.
  • Quinn Johnson from Arkansas City High School received the Best Creative Writing Portfolio in the Junior Division.
  • In the Senior Division of Creative Writing Awards, Lynna Glidewell from Wichita North received third place, Katie Moore from Lawrence High School received second place, and Madelyn Hale from Derby High School received first place.

Prodigy Art Awards

Best of Show

  • From Arkansas City High School, Steven Campbell took Best of Show for Flat Media in the Senior Division and Jordan Salas took Best of Show for 3-D Media in the Senior Division
  • From Rose Hill High School, Michaela Cantrell, took Best of Show for Flat Media in the Junior Division.
  • From Derby High School, Chyanne Heady took Best of Show for 3-D Media in the Junior Division.

Arkansas City High School

  • Josie Krout, Third Place for Black & White Drawing
  • Taylar Karnes, First Place for Black & White Drawing
  • Steven Campbell, Second Place for Color Drawing, Best of Show-Flat Media in the Senior Division
  • Jordan Salas, Best of Show-Flat Media in the Senior Division

Winfield High School

  • Alexus Talkington, Third Place for Sculpture
  • Kyle Johnston, First Place for Computer Art
  • Woodrow Harmon, Third Place for Color Drawing
  • Alley Davis, First Place for Color Drawing, First Place for Painting, First Place for Portfolio
  • Rene’ Johnson, Third Place for Mixed Media
  • Morgan Horton, Second Place for Mixed Media
  • Taylor Ging, First Place for Mixed Media
  • Crystal Williams, Second Place for Painting
  • Sheridan Flottman, Second Place for Photography
  • Tori Mann, Second Place for Printmaking
  • Colton Perkins, First Place for Printmaking

Central High School

  • Mamie Manly, Second Place for Ceramics
  • Mamie Manly, Third Place for Portfolio

Derby High School

  • Matt Sterling, Third Place for Ceramics
  • Emily McMillan, First Place for Sculpture
  • Hannah Winterhalter, Second Place for Black & White Drawing, Mention for Photography
  • Katie Maher, First Place for Photography
  • Chyanne Heady, Best of Show – Junior Division, 3-D Media

Garden Plain High School

  • Makenzie Snyder, First Place for Ceramics, Second Place for Sculpture, First Place for Graphic Design,

Mulvane High School

  • Sydney Westfall, Second Place for Portfolio

Rose Hill High School

  • Jenna Foltz, Honorable Mention for Painting
  • Haley Cantrell, Third Place for Painting
  • Michaela Cantrell, Best of Show, Flat Media, Junior Division

Udall High School

  • Carlie Bratcher, Third Place for Printmaking

West Elk High School

  • Emily Smith, Third Place for Photography

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