Seven students named district winners of HLSR School Art Competition 

The lobby of HISD’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center was transformed into a beautiful art gallery for the district’s first-ever Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Art Reception on Thursday night, showcasing over 200 student works of art.

During the evening, seven student artists were honored as 2019 district winners for the HLSR School Art Competition. The winners, who range from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, were awarded in the categories of Best of Show and Gold Medal.

“We are so proud of these creative students for their hard work and imagination,” said Chandel Bonner-Hancock, HISD Secondary Visual Arts Curriculum Specialist. “Tonight is an opportunity to not only celebrate our student artists, but the teachers who helped cultivate their talent.” 

Recipients of the Best of Show award received a trophy, Gold Medal winners received medals, and all will go on to compete in the next level of the contest. All artwork submitted is eligible for auction.

Some students will receive invitations to the Glassel School of Art and Western Art Academy, and seniors who competed at the district level are eligible to apply for a scholarship through the HLSR School Arts Committee.

Every January, schools participating in the HLSR School Art Contest host district-level competitions. This year, the HISD Rodeo School Art Contest Committee judged a record 1000 pieces of student artwork from 131 campuses across the district.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program host competitions in public independent school districts and private schools within the city of Houston. Each year, more than 200,000 students in grades pre-K through 12 participate in the program, which showcases the culture, history and heritage of the West.

Best of Show:

  • Nawar Ahmed, Debakey High School
    Teacher: Neda Khan
  • Sophie Hinh, Pershing Middle School
    Teacher: Stephanie Perugini
  • Ted Yun, Roberts Elementary School
    Teacher: Marina Jenkins

Gold Medal Award:

  • Leslie Aguilar, Houston MSTC High School
    Teacher: Wendy Bejarano
  • Janice Liang, Debakey High School
    Teacher: Neda Khan
  • Matthew Jeong, Pin Oak Middle School
    Teacher: Cindy Sather
  • Anabel Roman Gonzalez, Grissom Elementary School
    Teacher: Alayah Frazier