Pearce students earn honors in Richardson Civic Society Young People’s Art Show

By Lauren Sayah | Editor in Chief


Senior Yunpeng Zhang stands in front of his portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He won first place for his individual piece.

Art students of all levels recently competed in the Richardson Civic Society Young People’s Art Show at the Richardson Public Library on Jan. 21. Students in Mr. Becky Keeton’s art classes competed to win first, second or third prizes, or an honorable mention, each with a monetary prize and a ribbon.

Students could enter an individual piece or a portfolio. Each portfolio has a concentration that is seen in each piece.

High schools throughout the Richardson area entered the competition in hopes of winning.

Senior Yunpeng Zhang won first place with his portrait of Abraham Lincoln. This award follows an honorable mention received his freshman year.

“For one of the assignments, Ms. Keeton asked us to show the value of change,” Yunpeng Zhang said. “I thought it was one of my best pieces.”

Art shows offer the opportunity for students to display pieces they spend many hours trying to perfect.

“Entering a competition is good to show your hard work because sports teams have games, band has competitions and art has shows,” Yunpeng Zhang said.

Senior Sara Stahl received honorable mention for her portfolio concentrated on her adoption from Vologda, Russia, as a baby.

“They called me weeks before the award show to let me know,” Sara said. “They took your phone number and said they would call if you won. Ms. Keeton told us they were going to call the day before they actually did, so we all thought no one won.”

Students were able to express their concentrations, or themes, and the deeper meanings behind them in various ways.

“There are a lot of abstract depictions about what adoption means to me,” Sara said. “For example, one of my pieces was about folklore about where babies come from. So I used that to depict the different stories about where babies come from.”

The ninth-grade winners include Hoaran Jiang with an honorable mention and Nicole Miller in second place. Hoaran and Nicole won in the individual category.

Jose Luis Perez represented sophomores with second place in the individual category.

The 11th-grade winners were Ashlee Decker with an honorable mention and Siqi Huang in second place, both in the individual category.

Along with Yunpeng in the individual category, senior Caroline Brown received an honorable mention.

The only portfolio winner was Sara, with an honorable mention.

Their artwork will be displayed on the second floor of the Richardson Public Library until Feb. 14.

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