Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - The art department of William Carey University hosted the Fifth Annual High School Art Competition in the Lucile Parker Gallery (LPG) on March 1. The exhibition gave area high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for scholarships. Thirty-two students from the following high schools participated in the competition: Oak Grove High School, Perry Central High School, Presbyterian Christian High School, South Jones High School, and West Jones High School. The event was directed by Dr. Read Diket, WCU professor of art and education, Dr. Ed Ford, assistant professor of graphic design and LPG director, and Chatham Meade Kemp, WCU art instructor.
Erin Dungan, a sophomore from South Jones High School, won Best in Show for her piece “Still Life Composition.”Gregory Dearmen, a senior from Perry Central High School, won first place for his piece “Tiger Creek.” Shane Cooney, a freshman from South Jones High School, won second place for his piece “Still Life with Alligator,” and Eric Nguyen, a junior from West Jones High School, won third place for his piece “Bottles.” WCU scholarships were given to all winners.
In addition, the following students received Honorable Mention awards: Megan Grafton, West Jones High School, for “Sunset;”Asha Bolton, Perry Central High School, for “Sisters of Purity;”Sarabeth Sappington, Oak Grove High School, “Crimson,” and Mikaela Killingsworth, Presbyterian Christian High School, “Rainbow Reflections.”