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PSJA ISD middle, high school students compete in annual district art contest


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PHARR – More than 60 middle and high school art students from across PSJA ISD had the opportunity to showcase some of their best work recently as they gathered virtually to compete in the annual PSJA ISD Visual Art Contest on Jan. 16, 2021.

During the first-ever virtual meet, students had the opportunity to join an online meeting, where they could see the still-life and were then judged by middle school and high school judges.

“We are incredibly proud of these artists for being courageous enough to showcase their work for this competition,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “Art and Art Education allows our students to develop their skills and gives them the confidence to display their work. I commend their discipline and passion for the skill, as well as that of our educators who found a way to continue to provide these opportunities while working in a virtual setting.” 

High School Winner

Of the 65 total participants, a combined 40 middle school and high school students were given the honor of being named “Tri-City Artists,” a title that has been given to talented students for the last five years, to recognize their achievement. They are also awarded a patch for their letterman jacket. In addition to being named Tri-City Artists, the 10 students also qualified to advance to the Rio Grande Valley Visual Art Contest. 

Middle School Winner

Congratulations to the following students for advancing to the next level of competition:

Middle School:  

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·         Shayla Chavarria, Audie Murphy MS 

·         Joselyn Nieto, Audie Murphy MS 

·         Natalia Torres, Jaime Escalante MS 

·         Cadence Murray, Alamo MS 

·         Jacquelyn Zuniga, LBJ MS 

High School: 

·         Angelina Mata, PSJA ECHS 

·         Airett Tijerina, PSJA ECHS 

·         Jael Longoria, PSJA ECHS 

·         Daniela Castaneda, PSJA Southwest ECHS 

·         Sofia Leal Cavazos, PSJA Southwest ECHS 

“We are very proud of all of our art students who shared their talents by participating in the PSJA ISD Virtual Art Contest recently,” said PSJA Fine Arts Director Jon Taylor. “It’s great to know that we have students willing to go the extra mile to represent their school during the pandemic.”

Congratulations again to all the artists! 

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