Art winners honored at school board meeting

By KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor

The Shelby County Board of Education recognized winners of the Superintendent’s Art Show during its regular meeting on March 15.

Nine students were recognized two categories at the local level, while three of those winners also received state recognition.

“I’m delighted you guys were recognized, and we are very proud of you,” said Heather Mays, library media services program area supervisor.

Mays and Superintendent Randy Fuller presented the winners with a certificate and a medal.

The following students won first place in the local competition.

Category 1 (all media, mixed media)

  • K-third: Mya Brown, Calera Elementary, third grade
  • Fourth-sixth: Madeline Brooks, Helena Elementary, fifth grade
  • Seventh-eighth: Sarah Marlow, Oak Mountain Middle, eighth grade
  • Ninth-10th: Candace Foster, Chelsea High, 10th grade
  • 11th-12th: Katelyn Ledford, Oak Mountain High, 11th grade

Category 2 (digital artwork, photography)

  • K-sixth: Joe Sautter, Calera Middle, sixth grade
  • Seventh-eighth: Aynsley Davis, Chelsea Middle, eighth grade
  • Ninth-10th: Don (Trey) Evans, Pelham High, 10th grade
  • 11th-12th: Kristen Hyatt, Shelby County High, 12th grade

Several students also placed at the State Superintendent’s show in Montgomery. Davis won second place, while Foster and Hyatt both received an honorable mention.

In other business, the board voted to allow Shelby County high schools to set their own graduation dates this year. The decision was retroactive, since the schools have already set the dates for the events. However, Fuller said the vote was necessary because the board needed to approve the decision.