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West Geauga artists receive high awards in Competition
by Eric Leventhal, Editor-in-Chief

Twenty - three WGHS students are being honored for their artistic achievements in the Lake and Geauga County Secondary School Art Show. West Geauga made one the strongest showings in the competition, which included large schools like Mentor and Eastlake North. “It’s nice that even a small art program like West Geauga can outdo the big schools,” said Jon Hanover, who was one of several WGHS artists to win top awards in the competition.

Hanover received a $500 talent grant to Lakeland Community College art classes for his painting, “The Shadow Cast.” Kirsten Eichenauer, Sam Cahill, and Pat Mooney received $300 grants as well for their works.

Cahill and Hollie Klem both won first place in the categories of drawing and mixed media, respectively. In addition, Eichenauer, Brooke Ryan, and Nick Waetjen won cash prizes. The works of sixteen other West Geauga students were also selected for the show.

Veteran West Geauga art teacher Ms. Irene Sukle is more pleased with her students’ performances in the competition. Sukle commented, “Just to get in the show is spectacular, but anytime you’re in a competition you have to put yourself to the test. That test determines what you are going to do next, whether you win or lose, and how that is going to motivate you to do more work.” Apparently Sukle’s artists put themselves to that test, and they seem to have scored a resounding victory.

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