Youth Art Show Winners Announced

The Texas Region 16 2017 Youth Art Show and Contest winners from the Texas Panhandle were named December 5 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

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Emily Cook, representing Kelton High School won the High School division.

The winners of the Texas Region 16 2017 Youth Art Show and Contest were announced December 5 during the show’s opening reception at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. This year, 10 middle- and high-school students from the Texas Panhandle were awarded cash prizes and honors for their artwork depicting the American Quarter Horse throughout history. Plus, one teacher received an all-expense-paid field trip to the Hall of Fame for the following school year.

In August, the Hall of Fame contacted teachers in Texas’ Region 16 to encourage their students to participate in this annual art show. To prepare for the show, students learned about the role the American Quarter Horse played in the history of the United States. Each student then created artwork that depicted those lessons, along with four written questions to demonstrate what they learned and how it inspired their artwork. Each entry was judged to select the winners of each age group.

More than 360 students registered for the show, but only the top 150 pieces were chosen to hang in the Hall of Fame, based on the quality of artwork. From the pieces displayed in the Hall of Fame, 10 were selected to receive top honors. 

The winners of the middle school division:

First, $500 – Ahlijandra Myers, representing Bowie Middle School
Second, $250 – Maithanh Nguyen, representing Highland Park Middle School
Third, $100 – Will Hayes, representing Canadian Middle School
First Honorable Mention – Georgie Hernandez, representing Highland Park Middle School
Second Honorable Mention – Isabella Samaniego, representing Kelton Junior High School

The winners of the high school division:
First, $500 – Emily Cook, representing Kelton High School
Second, $250 – Elisa Granados, representing Perryton High School
Third, $100 – Kade Hathaway, representing Kelton High School
First Honorable Mention – Cheyenne Blacksher, representing Kelton High School
Second Honorable Mention – Emmylou Dail, representing Amarillo High School

Emily Cook of Kelton High School won the High School Division and “The Best in Show” award. Cook will have her artwork displayed in the museum for one year. In addition, her teacher, Sarah Harless, will receive a free field trip to the Hall of Fame for the 2018-19 school year.
The art show is now open to the public and will remain open until January 6, 2018. Visitors will be able to vote on their favorite piece in the show. The piece with the most votes at the show’s close will receive the People’s Choice Award and a $400 cash prize. Admission is free to AQHA members. Visit for museum hours and general admission prices.  

The Youth Art Show reception and exhibit is made possible by the Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust, KAMR Local 4 and Fox 14.

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