2014 High School Art Student Scholarships

The Shiawassee Arts Council awarded $2,000 in scholarships to 23 students from eight area high schools at the 42nd Annual SAC Scholarship Competition and Exhibition held last Saturday at the Shiawassee Arts Center. A total of 78 students from Owosso, Corunna, Chesaning, Durand, Morrice, New Lothrop, Perry and Spring Vale Academy schools participated in the show. 

The $500 SAC Award was presented by SAC President Betty McGinnis to Andrea Knight, an Owosso senior. Her teacher is Marti Liddle-Lameti. 

Three Liz McEwan Scholarship Awards totaling $500 were presented. Chaise Henige, a New Lothrop senior received the $300 Award. Megan Jecks, Owosso senior and Kaylee-Jo Keesler, Morrice Freshman each received $100 Awards. 

A $300 Arlie & Rosemary Edwards Award was presented to Alex Stechschulte, an Owosso senior. 

The $100 Jerry Power Award was received by Lauren McDonagh, a Chesaning senior. 

A $100 Award given by Bob Wilcox in honor of Karen Friday was given to Morrice senior, Brittany Wilson. 

Two $50 SAC Director’s Awards were presented to seniors Sydney Beach of Corunna and Ariana A. Heringhausen of Owosso. 

Two $50 Barbara Baumgartner Cox Awards for Outstanding Work in Clay were presented to sophomore Sky Poage of Owosso and senior Ashley Stanley of Perry. 

Two $50 Bethany Lardie Awards were given to Perry senior, Alyssa Jelinek and Owosso Freshman, Madeline Pappas. 

Two $50 Shiawassee Artists’ Guild Awards were presented to Megan Baumgartner, Perry senior and to Alexandra Greenfelder, Chesaning senior. 

Four $25 Friend of the Arts Awards were given to seniors Sarah Ackerman of Chesaning, Jacob Baker of Owosso and Logan Thayer of Perry and freshman, Angel Rodriguez of Spring Vale Academy. 

Honorable mentions were presented to Perry juniors, Katelyn Nye and Juliann M. Snyder, Chesaning senior, Hannah Thiel-Moore and Owosso junior Kay Wilson. 

For 42 years the Shiawassee Arts Council has offered scholarships to talented young art students. Since the establishment of SAC in 1972, $70,000 in scholarships and awards have been granted to provide students in grades 9-12 with recognition and financial assistance in their artistic growth. The show sponsors were Louise Hemond-Wilson, Dr. & Mrs. Roger Knecht, Betty & Jack McGinnis and Owosso Medical Group. Chairperson was SAC Art Education Director, Linda Ruehle and Co-chairman was SAC Board Member, Brian Bruff. 

The judge for this year’s competition was Susan Fernholz, a professional artist from St. Johns. She judged the work on originality, creativity, technical skill and presentation. She stated, “It was a difficult show to jury and I would have loved to give all the students an award. Art does not just take talent, but lots of work. I encourage the students to keep up the struggle.”

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