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BHS students take top honors at State VASE

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

On right, Stratten Morris displays his Gold Seal medal (Rating 5 – Distinguished) won for his sculpture entry to the State VASE competition on April 22-23 in San Antonio. Sarah Browning received a 4 rating (Exemplary) for each of her drawings that were entered, also earning her state medals.

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“Tina Two Face” made a definite impact on the jurors at the State VASE competition in San Antonio, on April 22-23. BHS Sophomore artist Stratten Morris earned a Gold Seal for his sculpture of a dragon. Less than 1percent of the entries are considered for the Gold Seal. Here both sides of the sculpture are shown.

For the first time in the history of Bandera HIgh School, sophomore Stratten Morris brought home the coveted Gold Seal at State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition held on April 22-23, in San Antonio, for his dragon sculpture “Tina Two Face.”
The Gold Seal is the highest honor for this competition and his piece will be displayed at the Texas Art Educator Association conference in November.
There were 32,000 art pieces entered in the VASE competition. Of those entries, 2000 entries were state winners and within that group of state winners only 150 Gold Seals were awarded.
The State contest is divided by art genres, not school classifications. Students compete against art from 1A-6A schools.
“What does it mean for a student to make it to this point? It is the pinnacle of everything,” VASE Director Linda Fleetwood said. “I am just so proud of Stratten. He is an exceptional artist with a sense of drama and creativity that is unmatched.”
Morris, son of Cody and Melissa Morris of Pipe Creek, is under the direction of BHS Art in-structors Heather Miesse and Joe West.
“His sculpture is amazing,” Miesse said.
Morris also won a $100 scholarship for being in the top four of his 3D Workshop at the State event.
Bandera art students Sarah Browning and Noprada Sathawong also received State recogni-tion for their work.
Browning received two State medals, an Exemplary rating, for each of her pieces she submitted.
“Having two pieces make it to state is a great accomplishment,” Miesse said.
Sathawong received a state medal for her original drawing.
“We are blessed to have the opportunity to teach such talented students who work hard, take constructive criticism and grow everyday,” Miesse said.