(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Sixteen Washington County High School students have been selected to be published in anthologies, and one student has been selected as an “Artist of Merit” in the Celebrating Art online art competition. The following students were selected to be in the fall 2017 anthology:

Mackenzi Burkhead – clay: “Pumpkin”

Hunter Woford – printmaking: “Midnight Gaze”

Abbrielle Tarrence – painting: “Window to the Soul”

Odalis Montez – ink drawing: “Go with the Flow”

Cassey Black – drawing: “Dragon”

Rachel Hollen – painting: “Frogs of a Mushroom”

The following students were selected to be in the spring 2018 anthology:

Lydia Smith – painting: “Seas”

Jennifer Guajardo – painting: “Return to Jonghyun”

Karla Hernandez – painting: “Moonlight”

Jerry Mann – painting: “Tears”

Mary Medley – drawing: “Bubbly”

Sydney Medley – painting: “Fluid Art”

Haven Cutler – painting: “This is Cacti”

Hayley Grigsby – painting: “Butterfly Fly Away”

Kennedy Chesser – drawing: “Pastel Seascape”

WCHS student Kennedy Cochran was selected as an “Artist of Merit” for her painted glass piece, “Sunshine on a Dark Day.”

Celebrating Art is an international online art competition sponsored by Blick Art Materials that is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student art. Only 25 percent of all students who submit artwork are chosen to be published in an anthology, with an even fewer percentage who earn the title of “Artist of Merit.”

Malissa Hutchins, principal at WCHS, called the news a “true honor for our art students.” “I have seen so many wonderful works of art produced by our students this year,” says Hutchins. “I am amazed at the array of talents that they all have. To be recognized at this level in such a highly competitive art competition is impressive and to have sixteen students achieve this for a school of our size speaks to the talents that our kids have, and for Kennedy to be chosen as an ‘Artist of Merit’ is even more impressive. Some of these students still have one or two years of high school remaining, so we look forward to their growth and future achievements in the arts!”