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Northeast Times | August 10, 2022

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KISD: 776 Student Artists Earn Top Mark At Regional Vase

KISD: 776 Student Artists Earn Top Mark At Regional Vase

Keller ISD student artists competed in the Region 11 competition of the Visual Scholastic Event (VASE) on Saturday, February 9, at Timber Creek High School, and 776 received the competition’s highest rating, with 64 advancing to the State Contest. 

The only event of its kind, VASE provides student with the opportunity to bring artwork created in art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates the student’s work based on a standard rubric and their understanding of the artistic process involved in the development of their work. The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored VASE since 1994.

Jurors look for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for visual art, and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent. Jurors at the regional level evaluate student artwork using the following standard:

  • Rating IV – Superior
  • Rating III – Excellent
  • Rating II – Strong
  • Rating I – Accomplished

The Regional event also serves as the Area event, which includes the selection of State Finalists. Regional artwork that receives a Rating IV are juried again by a select group of designated jurors to determine the Area Finalists. The jury selects the top 10 percent of artwork to receive a  IV Rating at the Regional event in each division to advance to State.

This year, 776 Keller ISD art students received a IV Rating, and 64 of those qualified for the State VASE Contest. Congratulations to the following State Qualifiers:

Central High School

Jay Asp, Instructor
Faith Dinh – Sweet Citrus

Jodi Kitson, Instructor
Hannah Chock – No, I Said River Styx
Jace Lebya – Time

Clint Riddle, Instructor
Nicholas Palomino – Floating K
Seereth Saqib – Lemon
Seereth Saqib – Fried
Amaliyah Shatley – Magic


Fossil Ridge High School

Chris Brown, Instructor
Samantha Adams – Bird’s Eye View

Stephanie Greenwood, Instructor
Meleya Dunn – Tranquil
Emily Nunn – Paint Brushes
Gabriel So – Chaos

Matthew Houk, Instructor
Jay Hinnant – One Of Many

Isabel Link, Instructor
Sophie Julian Moore – #039997
Amaya Larsen – New Year


Keller High School

Kerri Carter, Instructor
Andrew Clemons – Deep Sea Mystery
Andrew Clemons – 1260 Beats Per Minute
Corine Dubois – Sun Storm
Marlee Koschel – Home Sweet Home
Nicholas Lolin – Nocturna
Connor Owen – Wisdom Of The Sea
Kennedy Spangenberg – Gitana
Sydney West – Childhood Breakfast
Astrid Wormbs – Forning

Craig Gould, Instructor
Gretchen Mabry – Girl’s Gotta Eat
Kennedy Spangenberg – Freakadelic
Yifei Gao – Finding The Nature Within

Chris Stickel, Instructor
Sarah Coleman – Memories Of Baker
Avery L. Eggers – Hypnotized
Elise Ezernack – Home
Sara French – In Flight
Lea M. Harder – Angst
Luke Kostohryz – The Great Escape
Gabbi Meyers – Cynical
Humberto Ochoa – Jesus Spends
Ashni R. Shah – Branded
Tessa Singer – Imprisoned In Capitolism
Cydney Truby – Distort


Timber Creek High School

Chrissy Fitch, Instructor
Daniel Aghayere – Trapped In Nature
Elyn Autrey – Lemon Boy
Elyn Autrey – Cow Lick
Ava Cavazos – Direction
Catherine Condit – Bleary Eyed
Tu-quyen Dao – Rusty Radiance
Tu-quyen Dao – In A Bundle Of Green
Karson Gopffarth – Disregarded
Madison Hutchinson – Organic Life
Esneha Kafley – Framed Beauty
Angela Li – Care Free
Angela Li – Innocence In Light
Nashita Moontaha – Design In Me
Darlene Opam – Gone Brother
Paige Rath – Gold Rush
Sophia Rosenthal – Whispers
Sophia Rosenthal – Floating
Davis Whitaker – Conglomeration

Marcy Gardner, Instructor
Cathryn Corona – Consumption
Abby Dunn – A Dark Present
Brian Nguyen – Plundered
Britney Nguyen – Views
Lilliann Nunley – Blended Heritage Portrait
Jolene Pinto – Allurement
Meredith Wiggins – Reaching
Meredith Wiggins – Gazing Into The Beyond

Camille Gibbons-Kerr, Instructor
Audrey Christenson – Girl Playing Bass
Emylie Constante – My Hometown, Dfw
Olivia Grass – Olivia In Red And Yellow Hues
Jacob Kuchar – Kaden
Ashlyn Langford – Covered
Gabriella Levine – Eve
Tamara Smith – Mirror Mirror

Jennifer Thompson, Instructor
Danna Mejia-Lopez – The Gilded Age
Sia Patel – In The Woods