Sycamore artists named Big 12 champs

SYCAMORE – Students from the Sycamore High School Art Department recently participated in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Art Contest. Schools in this conference submit 10 pieces of artwork that represent a variety of categories. Each category awards first, second and third-place ribbons. Points from the ribbons are added up, and the school with the most points places first in the conference. Sycamore High School took first place overall.

“We placed in nine out of 10 categories,” art department chair Dawn Cavanaugh said. “This is a new record for us. The last time we placed first overall was in 2004-2005. I am so proud and pleased at how well these outstanding students did at the conference this year.”

Students who won ribbons were Candace Reynolds (first place, oil painting), Haley Bieche (second place, color drawing), Sam Christensen (second place, wheel-thrown ceramics), Cameron Kelley (second place, mixed media), Ian Swedberg (second place, hand-built ceramics), Lydia Lowe (third place, 35mm photography), Kim Manley (third place, color drawing), Jake Pisarski (third place, printmaking), Emela Puskar (third place, neutral drawing) and Temple Duarte (honorable mention, watercolor painting).

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