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D230 artists win big at Moraine Valley Art Show

Consolidated High School District 230 student artists from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools recently competed and earned recognition in the Moraine Valley Community College High School Art Exhibition. Held at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, the exhibit celebrated its 40th anniversary of the annual high school showcase of talented students from eight local high schools, including Victor J. Andrew, Argo Community, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago Christian, Carl Sandburg, Evergreen Park Community, Oak Lawn Community and Reavis.

Each year, the judges evaluate each piece and choose the Best of Show, three Judges Awards, the Moraine Valley Award, as well as the top three pieces and seven honorable mentions for each school. Additional college awards are given from the American Academy of Art and the College for Creative Studies.



Senior at Stagg High School Marta Kepka won the Moraine Valley Art Award and received a scholarship for 12 credits at Moraine Valley Community College. Only one student from the entire show received this award.


Other Stagg student artist winners include:

1st Place: Marta Kepka, watercolor, “Cal Sag”

2nd Place: Marta Kepka, watercolor, “Chalupa”

3rd Place: Julia Onyszko, gouache and collage, “Made With Love”

Honorable Mention: Petra Kotas, pencil, “Scott”

Honorable Mention: Yaxanie Salas, paint, pen, Untitled Mixed Media

Honorable Mention: Maya Jaron Czyk, pencil, “Eye Glass”

Honorable Mention: Alejandra Garcia, leather, chain, bads, “Rainy Day”

Honorable Mention: Alessandra Serrano, acrylic paint, “Cherry Blossoms”

Honorable Mention: Lena Turek, color photo, “The Bench”

Honorable Mention: Wiktoria Sedzik, pencil, Untitled Drawing


This year Sandburg was led by these amazing artists:

1st Place: Bryanna Tuscher, Mixed Media, “Marilyn Composition”

2nd Place: Migle Acas, Mixed Media, “Sinking with my Trash”

3rd Place: Sarai Maya, Mixed Media, “Tea Time”

Honorable Mention: Sam Rose, Mixed Media

Honorable Mention: Vivianne Nicole Abistado, Painting

Honorable Mention: Opal Hester, Digital Print

Honorable Mention: Nora Murray, Mixed Media

Honorable Mention: Alex Vallianatos, Drawing

Honorable Mention: Ashley Lawler, Drawing

Honorable Mention: Cameron Molinets, Mixed Media

American Academy of Art: Grace Bryant, Drawing

Creative Vision Award (College for Creative Studies): Diana Hamed, Jewelry 


Winning Andrew students include:

Judges Award: Sol Flores - "Pink Flock" - photograph

American Academy of Art Award: Ryan Gordon - pen and ink

1st Place: Gabriele Siusis “How Internet Effects Psychology” - mixed media

2nd Place: Ryan Gordon “The Alien” - pen and ink

3rd Place: Delaney Dillon “Walk of Memories” - mixed media

Honorable Mention: Avery Santiago “Whole Hearted” - mixed media

Honorable Mention: Eunice Gonzales “Neglect” - graphite

Honorable Mention: Sean Kammerzell “Impressionist Landscape” - acrylic paint

Honorable Mention: Ruby Musselman “True Love” - paint, pastels, colored pencil

Honorable Mention: Nicole Cronk “From Within” - mixed media

Honorable Mention: Emma Friel “It Will Come Back” - graphite

Honorable Mention: Alexandra Markaceviciute “Self Portrait” - ceramics