Rogers High School artists shine at section competition

Rogers junior Leeann Scharber posed with three paintings for which she won awards. (Photo by Susan Sebghati)


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Rogers High School students brought home a batch of awards in Section 5AA Art Competition, presented March 31 at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley.

“We have some amazing artists this year,” said their teacher, Susan Sebghatii. “This was our first year competing in the section and we did amazingly well. We received four of the six Judges’ Choice awards, and several other awards.”

Their works were on display for a week prior to the event. Students had the opportunity to attend workshops and meet with the judges on Awards Day.

Ele Nies made this chalk drawing of an Italian city street, "Burano.)"


Section 5AA also includes Columbia Heights, Anoka, Spring Lake Park, Osseo, Champlin Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Maple Grove, Rogers and Totino-Grace.

The six judges each chose one work of art as his/her favorite, and RHS had four of them. They were:

Alythia Scully

Alythia Scully, senior, jewelry, “3 Headed Guy with Headdress” (pendant and ring)

Blake Shermer, senior, painting, “In My Shoe”

Ele Nies, senior, drawing, “Burano”

Leeann Scharber, junior, painting, “Layers of the Past.”

Gold medals were given for the highest number of points earned from the group of judges. Along with the above four, they went to junior Taylor Kleven for a painting “One Road Leads to London” and junior Grace Cullen for jewelry, a stones set in sterling pendant and ring piece called “Anatolia.”
Silver medals went to freshman Jessica Young for drawing (“Bell the Cat”), senior Tolu Odunusi for mixed media (“C’est Moi”), senior Nick Larson for sculpture (“The Ever Wandering One”), senior Loren Farkas for sculpture (“Imperfect Refraction”), Shermer for painting (“In My Shoe”), junior Lizzy Meyer for sculpture (“My Darling”) and Scharber for both painting (“Spring Breeze”) and mixed media (“Layers of the Past”).

Bronze medals went to senior Audrey Erdahl for sculpture (“Hakuna Matata”), senior Brianna McGovern for both  printmaking (“Koi”) and  drawing (“Grrr…”), and sophomore Wyatt Vaa for ceramics (“Black Lily”).

Jewelry by Grace Cullen
Jewelry by Alythia Schully
Painting by Blake Shermer