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Area high schoolers showcase their works at Arts & Humanities Day



AREA HIGH School students from Kay and Cowley Counties and beyond flocked to Cowley College's Arts & Humanities Day last week to to compete for scholarships, prizes and awards. Students also toured the school's music, theatre, and arts programs. Visual and Performing Arts Chair Mark Flickinger is shown addressing one group of students. (Photo by Tanner Hopkins/Campus Photographer)

AREA HIGH School students from Kay and Cowley Counties and beyond flocked to Cowley College’s Arts & Humanities Day last week to to compete for scholarships, prizes and awards. Students also toured the school’s music, theatre, and arts programs. Visual and Performing Arts Chair Mark Flickinger is shown addressing one group of students. (Photo by Tanner Hopkins/Campus Photographer)

ARKANSAS CITY — Cowley College hosted the 13th annual Arts & Humanities Day in Arkansas City on Wednesday, November 7. A total of 118 students and 35 guests took part in the event.

Those attending Arts & Humanities Day had the opportunity to compete for scholarships, prizes and awards. They also got to take in performances, 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 graphic design, creative writing, mass communications, theatre, vocal music, and instrumental music scholarships. Graduating seniors were eligible to audition for scholarships.

Student artwork was displayed and prizes were given in several different categories. There was also an awards ceremony and an opportunity to tour the campus.

Marlys Cervantes, Cowley College Humanities and Communications Department Chair, said the high school students that submitted writing this year wrote some very challenging works.

“Selecting the winners was quite fun and tough, all at the same time,” Cervantes said. “I was delighted with the winners selected, and I look forward to having some of these seniors on our campus next year.”

Cervantes also praised the work done by Cowley College faculty and staff who participate in putting Arts and Humanities Day together.

“They do a fabulous job. Students, parents, and high school teachers were able to see what our programs and the college can offer these students. Cowley truly has it all,” Cervantes said.

Prodigy Art Awards

Senior Division, Best of Show 2D, Jezeriah Simpson, Uniontown High School

Senior Division, Best of Show 3D, Kelsie McCormac, Derby High School

Junior Division, Best of Show 2D, Bethany Rozell, Arkansas City High School

Junior Division, Best of Show 3D, Nick Baum, Arkansas City High School

Drawing: first place: Maggie Krout, Arkansas City High School; second place: Francisca Posadas, Arkansas City High School; third place: Abigail Jefferis, Uniontown High School.

Graphic Design, first place: Maggie Krout, Arkansas City High School.

Sculpture, first place: Kelsie McCormac, Derby High School.

Painting, first place: Leah Bowlby, South Haven; second place: Zoe McClure, Uniontown High School; third place: Hailey Long, Oxford High School.

Photography, first place: Kelsie McCormac, Derby High School.

Portfolio, first place: Leah Bowlby, South Haven High School; second place: Kelsie McCormac, Derby High School.

Printmaking, first place: Jezeriah Simpson, Uniontown High School; second place: Danielle Young, Uniontown High School; third place: Joy Page, Uniontown High School.

Creative Writing Prodigy Awards

Senior Division, first place: Noah Powell, Douglass High School; second place: Catherine Shelton, Oxford High School.

Junior Division, first place: Anisa Layton, Newkirk (OK) High School; second place: Malissa Taylor, Douglass High School.

Individual Medal Winners

Non Fiction, first place: Noah Powell, Douglass High School; second place: Catherine Shelton, Oxford High School; third place: Samantha Creek, Cheney High School.

Poetry, first place: Noah Powell, Douglass High School; Anisa Layton, Newkirk High School; third place: Catherine Shelton, Oxford High School.

Fiction, first place: Noah Powell, Douglass High School; second place: Malissa Taylor, Douglass High School; third place: Gretchen Grimmett, Douglass High School, and Anisa Layton, Newkirk High School.

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