For the 14th consecutive year, the Estacada High School art program hosted the art showcase last Thursday. After giving awards in six different categories (drawing, painting, miscellaneous 2-D, miscellaneous 3-D, ceramics and photography), art teacher Janice Packard presented Kaitlyn Haley with the award for best in show.

Haley's piece was a metal wall-hanging sculpture, which also won her the award for best piece in the 'miscellaneous 2-D' category.

Rosa Zaragosa took first place in the drawing category, Katie Sample took first place in painting, Janie Damon took first in photography, Nick Bendinelli took first in miscellaneous 3-D and Kelsee Gross took first place in ceramics.

'Our juror thought that some of the students' work was actually at a college level,' Packard said. 'My goal is just to treat the students as individuals because we want to empower them to relate their vision.

'A lot of people are surprised with the quality of work and we get a lot of comments to that effect.'

This is Packard's 14th year as art teacher at Estacada High School, and despite the fact that her class numbers are down this year compared to last, the quality has remained high.

'We had a lot of really good sculpture students in particular this year,' she said.

Each of the winners was presented with an award that Packard hand-made, while the best in show awards consists of a plaque made by Packard. The winners also receive some art supplies purchased by the art club on campus.

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