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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • CHS's Stegman: A record-breaking day for local art students

  • On Wednesday the Section 8A MSHSL Visual Arts Festival was held in Newfolden, and Crookston High School art teacher Gary Stegman said CHS students, who have attended the competition since 2001, had a record-breaking day.
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  •     On Wednesday the Section 8A MSHSL Visual Arts Festival was held in Newfolden, and Crookston High School art teacher Gary Stegman said CHS students, who have attended the competition since 2001, had a record-breaking day.     
        In 2006, he explained, the MSHSL began to host the state-level Arts Exhibit.  In order to get work in this show, students have to win the "Spotlight in the Arts Award," which, Stegman said, means the judges determine that particular art piece is the "Best of Show" in that specific category.     
        "To describe this award using an athletic metaphor, it would mean 'the best defensive back in Section 8A,'" he said.    
        Throughout the seven years of the state-level show, Stegman said CHS has had five students meet the qualification threshold.  CHS art students on Wednesday, however, equaled that mark, in one show. Of the nine categories in the show, Stegman said, CHS students won five in Newfolden.    
        Bryan Sanchez, won two "Best of Show" awards, in Graphic Design and 2-D Mixed Media. Brooke Panzer won Best of Show in Ceramics, Jason Ibarra won Best of Show in Sculpture, and Kenzie Klatt won Best of Show in Crafts.    
        In addition, Stegman said, 17 of 18 Crookston entries won a double-star rating, another first. "This has never happened," he told the Times in an email. "To put this into a bit more perspective, three of the five students who made it this far were offered college scholarships. I am extremely proud of the kids and the work they have done this year."

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