Columbia Heights art students win awards

Columbia Heights art students win awards
Posted on 05/12/2017

Young artists from Columbia Heights Elementary are dominating art contests.

Two students received awards at the 2017 Annual Citywide Super Hero Art Contest sponsored by Centro Cultural Aztlan Art Gallery located in the historic Deco District.

Natalie Garcia won first place in the first grade division and Xochitl Hernandez won second place in the kinder division.

“I love art because I can create anything I want,” Natalie said.

Her drawing featured her family and her dog saving the world.

For Xochitl, art is a way to have fun.

“Art is really cool because you can make a lot of pretty things,” Xohitl said.

Her drawing featured herself as super girl helping people.

Both winners received art supply kits.

Columbia Heights had the most entries of any school including elementary, middle school and high school divisions. In addition, the 73 works of art entered in the contest from Columbia Heights will be on exhibit in the gallery through May 26.

Moreover, first grade student Victoria Murillo won second place in the ‘How I Stay Safe’ contest sponsored by University Health System.

Victoria’s drawing is one of 12 selected from more than 1000 entries. Her drawing will be a part of University Health System’s calendar.

The first grade student explained that she has always had an inclination toward art.

“Ever since I was a little girl I liked to make pretty drawings and cards for my mom,” Victoria said.

Art teacher Noe Garza is proud of the accomplishments his students have reached.

“These three girls are consistently creating higher level art and they are also very good readers and writers,” Garza said. “They are very well rounded children and they excel in every project that they do.”

Their work has already been in exhibit at the State Capitol and the Institute of Texan Cultures.

“They’re already celebrities,” Garza added. 

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