November 14, 2017
Students showcase their work at Arts & Humanities Day
Hosting the 12th annual Arts & Humanities Day on Cowley College's main campus in Arkansas City on Friday, November 10, a total of 78 students took part in the event.
Those attending Arts & Humanities Day had the opportunity to compete for scholarships, cash vouchers, and awards. They also got to take in performances by Cowley College’s jazz band, vocal and instrumental performing arts groups and poets, tour the school’s music, theatre and arts programs, and interact with current students, faculty and staff.
“We had more students this year, so I believe moving it to the fall semester led to more success,” Humanities Department Chair and Creative Writing instructor Marlys Cervantes said. “That way, we were able to visit with students early on in their process of choosing a college.”
Auditions and interviews were held for art and graphic design, creative writing, theatre, vocal music, instrumental music, and piano scholarships. Graduating seniors were eligible to audition for theatre, vocal music, instrumental music and piano scholarships.
Student artwork was displayed and prizes were given in several different categories.
Prizes awarded included scholarships and cash prizes. Graduating seniors were eligible for Art & Design, Mass Media, and Creative Writing Scholarships.
An awards ceremony and an opportunity to tour the campus capped the day.
Grace Nightingale from Arkansas City High School won Best Portfolio in the Senior Division Creative Writing portfolio, and also placed first in Fiction Writing and Creative Non-Fiction.
Erin Sitsler from Arkansas City High School placed second in the Senior Division Creative Writing portfolio. Sitsler, who also placed first in the Poetry category, and second in the Fiction Writing category, accepted a Creative Writing Scholarship to attend Cowley College in the fall.
Robyn Myatt from Oxford High School won Best Portfolio in the Junior Division Creative Writing portfolio and placed third in the Fiction Writing and Creative Non-Fiction categories, while Malissa Taylor from Douglass High School placed second in the Junior Division Creative Writing portfolio and third in Poetry.
Marky Swanson from Arkansas City High School also fared well while placing second in the Creative Non-Fiction category.
“Creative writing had some excellent works submitted for contests and scholarship interviews, and we are very excited to see the caliber of students coming into Cowley,” Cervantes said.
Prodigy Art Awards
Senior Division, Best of Show for 2D media, Sarah Kuffler, Ark City High School.
Senior Division, Best of Show for 3D media, Payton Vaden, Ark City High School.
Junior Division, Best of Show, 2-D media, Maggie Krout, Ark City High School.
Drawing: first place: Alexis Van Dyke, Ark City High School; second place: Francisca Dosadas, Ark City High School; third place: Haley Lough, Ark City High School.
Painting: first place: first place: Marlie Dennett, Winfield High School.
Mixed Media: first place: Alannah Thigpen-Edwards, Oxford High School; second place: Hailey Long, Oxford High School.
Ceramics and Glass: first place: Ashton Robb, Ark City High School; second place: Peyton Vaden, Ark City High School; third place: Marlie Dennett, Winfield High School.
Portfolio: first place: Sarah Kuffler (drawing portfolio), Ark City High School; second place: Marlie Dennett (ceramics portfolio), Winfield High School.