Art Students Excel With "What Art Means to ME"

The Okaloosa County School Board in partnership with the Arts and Design Society recently recognized some of the District’s top artists during the Van Porter Student Artist of the Year Exhibition.

Each year an eighth grade and a senior high school artist are bestowed with this prestigious award. The students are judged on three pieces of artwork submitted and an essay entitled, “What Art Means to ME!”

The Van Porter award is given in honor of Van Porter who worked as an art teacher at Pryor Middle School. He went on to serve as the Art Supervisor for the District for seventeen years. For Porter, this meant traveling to the schools to help the elementary teachers with art. He also conducted a Cultural Enrichment Program at Baker School and helped start the gifted student art program.

The Arts and Design Society also sponsored the ADSO awards in honor of James Skipworth. Skipworth loved children and for several years was a weekly volunteer art teacher for the three fifth grade classes at the now closed, Combs New Heights Elementary School.

Congratulations to all of the talented winners!

Van Porter Awards

Kasey York, Crestview HS, Senior

Annebelle Grounds, Liza Jackson, 8th Grade

ADSO Awards (Seniors)

1st Place – Brandon Claflin, Choctawhatchee (not pictured)

2nd Place – Breigh Lynn Rebert, Choctawhatchee

3rd Place – Corrine Akins, Niceville

Honorable Mentions:

Tiffany Fuller, Choctawhatchee (not pictured)

Christopher Webster, Choctawhatchee (not pictured)

Tamra Rustad, Niceville

Stephanie Podjed, Fort Walton Beach

Jasmine Maughon, Crestview (not pictured)

Dominique Rothrock, Fort Walton Beach (not pictured)

ADSO Awards (8th grade)

1st Place – Paige Barcyk, Liza Jackson

2nd Place – Honour Tovrea, Liza Jackson

3rd Place – Leah Hunt, Liza Jackson

Honorable Mention – Amber Ritchie, Liza Jackson