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Prescott High art students honored

From left: Kyli Skinner, Maylauna Rodriguez, Dominic Valk, and Lukas Stogsdill, at the MAG awards. (Courtesy photo)

From left: Kyli Skinner, Maylauna Rodriguez, Dominic Valk, and Lukas Stogsdill, at the MAG awards. (Courtesy photo)

The Prescott High School (PHS) fine arts department has had a lot to celebrate this spring as graduation approaches. Several PHS art students were recently awarded scholarships by local organizations that support the arts in the community.

Scholarships were awarded from the Mountain Artist's Guild competition and the 32nd annual Prescott Center of the Arts Student Scholarship Show.

In fact, four PHS seniors were awarded all but one of the Mountain Artists Guild's (MAG) annual art scholarships. Each student submitted a portfolio of their artwork, an application form, a personal statement and letter of recommendation. Local artists, who are guild members, made up the panel of judges selecting the winning students.

In a ceremony attended by family and MAG members, seniors Lukas Stogsdill, Kyli Skinner and Dominic Valk each received a $1,350 scholarship, while senior Maylauna Rodriguez was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Eight PHS students were among the winners at the Prescott Center for the Arts Student Scholarship Show. These students were chosen out of 141 entrants from Yavapai County high schools.

Lukas Stogsdill placed second for his art portfolio featuring digital photography and graphite drawings. He received a $350 cash award in addition to a $75 gift certificate for The Art Store. Seven other PHS students received Honorable Mention cash awards of $75 each. They are: Alexa Nguyen, Kyli Skinner, Dominic Valk, Maddy Markham, Min Sun Chae, Andrew Mull and Kristina Pritchett.

Also, two PHS students were among the five honored in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, which evaluated over 150 art submissions from throughout U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar's Congressional District.

Stogsdill was also a winner in this competition, taking third place with his digital photo, "City Glamour." Samuel Molloy, a senior, won the People's Choice award with a digital painting of a deteriorating landscape.

Several PHS art students are planning to attend college and studying art. Two of them have already received monies to their prospective colleges; Stogsdill received a $6,000 scholarship to Prescott College, and Samuel Molloy was offered a scholarship from Mohave Community College.

The PHS fine arts department is proud of all of its students as they go on to pursue their dreams.

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