Stephen Acala and Jessica Vega, both art students at Memorial High, recently earned Gold Key Awards for their entries in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.
Alcala earned the "Trustees' Exemplary Award" while Vega earned the "Superintendent's Award." Both carry monetary prizes. Both rank among the top three regional art awards issued by the Harris County Department of Education.
The two students attended a recent reception hosted by the HCDE. Their teacher, Adam Malek, was also recognized at the reception for his efforts to advance students' art interests.
The winning entries will now compete at the national contest in New York City. Winners there will be honored at Carnegie Hall this summer.
(Below) Vega and Acala pose with their winning entries.