Ten students from the Socorro Independent School District earned superior and excellent ratings at the 2019 Regional Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) held at Hanks High School earlier this year.
The high schoolers now advance to the Texas VASE competition April 26-27 at San Marcos High School in San Marcos.
More than 556 students entered in the citywide contest. Ten of the 38 students advancing to state are SISD students.
“It’s quite an accompoishment for Team SISD,” said Macka L. Jones, the district’s visual arts specialist. “It’s a feather in our hat. It shows how excellent are teachers and students are.”
Art teacher Leticia Luevanos is taking four of her students to state. Two, Michelle Carrasco and Saree Castaneda, have qualified for the state event before.
“It’s incredible,” she said. “All that hard work paid off. They have been working on their creations since December. I am excited for them.”
Here are the SISD’s state qualifiers:
Americas High School
• Michelle Carrasco, whose work is called “Baby Grand.”
• Saree Castaneda, who entered the painting “Doodler’s Art Block.”
• Victor Gomez, who entered “Melancholy.”
• Jazlyn Marquez, whose work is called “Inside of Me.”
Teacher Leticia Luevanos
• Daniela Salinas, whose piece is “Frame of Mind.”
Teacher Samuel Munoz
Eastlake High School
• Ana Calderas, who entered the work “Dear Me.”
Teacher Claudia Castaneda
El Dorado High School
• Destiny Votion, whose work is called “Meraki.”
Teacher Allison Vega
• Giselle De La Fuente, who entered the work “Tainting.”
Teacher Candace Printz
Pebble Hills High School
• Colby Smith, whose work is called “Wrath.”
Teacher Julian Vidales
• Angelica Soto, who entered the piece “Optomistic Voices.”
Teacher Rosa Villarreal