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Westview art students recognized at art awards


On Feb. 12, four Westview High School art students were recognized at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition in Ft. Wayne.

Students honored were Tennelle Flowers, Alyson Mishler, Rebecca Lawhorn, and Justine Sumwalt. They are all seniors who are highly involved in the arts and National Art Honor Society at Westview.

These Westview students’ work was recognized from among 2,250 art entries and 800 writing entries submitted by middle and high school students from 26 counties in Indiana and Ohio.

Tennelle Flowers was awarded two silver keys for her work in printmaking and drawing and one honorable mention for another drawing piece. “It is quite an honor to be recognized once, let alone three times. It is quite an accomplishment for the local artist,” noted Westview art teacher Jesse Martin.

Rebecca Lawhorn and Alyson Mishler both received gold keys, the highest award in the competition, for their printmaking pieces.

Mishler's piece was also selected as an American Vision Award nominee, Her work was one of the top five gold key pieces of the entire show to be selected as best-of-show. Both pieces, due to their gold key ranking, will be forwarded on to New York to be judged on the national level.

Justine Sumwalt received honorable mention for a science fiction/fantasy essay piece.

Another highlight to the scholastic experience this year was that both Mishler’s and Lawhorn's work was selected to be part of a invitation sent to all schools in the region inviting them to the Formal vs. Funky National Announcement Reception Ceremony to be held March 15 at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art.  

All of the award-winning work is on display at the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art until April 8.