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Waco ISD sending three students to state art competition

Earlier this semester, the most talented visual artists from Waco ISD high schools competed in the Region 12 Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) at Harker Heights High School. After a day of submissions and juried critique, Waco ISD won a combined 48 gold medals and qualified three students for the State VASE event to be held April 26-27, 2019, at San Marcos High School. 

University sent 24 students who entered a total of 41 art pieces in the VASE Regional Art Competition. The Trojans brought home 28 gold medals: 17 Division 1 gold medals, three Division 3 gold medals and eight Division 4 gold medals. University High senior Magnolia Oliphant and Joemi Carrera, a freshman, earned Division 1 gold medals and qualified for state. University High’s visual art instructor is Renee Ebeling.

Waco High took 21 students to the competition and returned with 20 gold medals. Waco High freshman, Zander Lim, earned a Division 1 gold medal and qualified for state. Waco High’s visual art instructor is Joel Colosimo.


UHS students

University High Art VASE regional gold medalists are (front row, left to right): Selena Jaramillo Salazar, Joemi Carrera (state qualifier), Fianna Kidder; (second row, left to right) Daphne Rodriguez, Renee Ebeling (University High visual arts instructor), Christa Patterson, David Mason, Lillian Olvera, Jazmin Nunez, Evelyn Serrano; (back row, left to right) Jennifer Zuniga and Julius Merriweather. Not pictured: state qualifier Magnolia Oliphant. 


Waco High student and teacher

Waco High’s Zander Lim (left) qualified for the state art VASE event, pictured with Waco High visual arts instructor Joel Colosimo.


Magnolia Oliphant

University High VASE state qualifier Magnolia Oliphant.