Young Belpre artists send work to state competition

BELPRE – Belpre High School will have 10 students up for awards for their artwork during the 2013 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Competition this weekend in the Columbus area.

“This year, like most every year, we have a wide range of media represented,” said art teacher Jeff Tharp.

These media include pottery, balsa and ink, acrylic, pen and ink, marker, watercolor and photography.

The students include seniors: Elizabeth Whiting, Kayla Roberts, Trent Stanley and Claudia Hall; juniors Dakota McDaniel, Lyndsay Cooper, Ashley Carter and Jasmine Deeter; sophomore Adrienne Blair; and freshman Kylee Fury.

The artwork was chosen to go to the state competition in after they won the regional competition of 16 high schools in Athens earlier this past weekend. Each student was allowed to enter up to five pieces into the state competition. The Belpre students entered 23 collective pieces.

“Just to get out of the regional competitions is fantastic and a feat in itself,” Tharp said. “To have so many students win, as one of the smallest schools in the entire show, is great.”

Tharp said to be part of the state competition is “amazing” for the Belpre students.

“The competition is just really wonderful,” he said. “Some of these schools are five-times the enrollment size of our little school and to be part of it really shows the exceptional talent of our kids.”

Tharp said he has taken students to this competition more than 25 years.

“It’s been a long time and I am proud every year,” he said.

Last year, six of the school’s 10 student participants won awards at the state show.

At this state competition, the art pieces will be up against artwork from all of Ohio’s 1,109 high schools in Upper Arlington.

Winners of this weekend’s competition will have their piece exhibited at the state office tower April 14-May 16.