Eighth-graders Ashlee Williamson of Bondy Intermediate and Bryan Corona of Southmore display their rodeo entries. Williamson won Best of Show and Corona won Gold Medal.
Jessup Elementary first-grader Christian Lopez displays his Gold Medal rodeo art, "The Baby Chick Eats Some Corn".
Pasadena ISD Fine Arts programs excelled again Friday at the Rodeo Art Showcase as Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials selected 19 student artists to showcase their artwork at this year’s rodeo.
Rayburn High students accounted for nearly half of the selections with one Best of Show, two Gold Medals, and six Special Merit Awards. Also, Dobie High placed five and Memorial High placed one student in the Special Merit category.
Jessup swept the board in the elementary category with fourth-grader Jose Luis Gomez and first-grader Christian Lopez taking Best of Show and Gold Medal.
Bondy Intermediate eight-grader Ashlee Williams on took Best of Show in the intermediate category and Southmore Intermediate eighth-grader Bryan Corona took Gold medal.
Two Rayburn students, senior Elissa Martinez and freshman Melissa Sosa, took Gold Medals while Rayburn senior Brandon Leal earned Best of Show in the high school category.
A total of 12 Special Merit Awards were earned by the following students: Memorial senior Floyd Mendoza; Dobie sophomores Mallerim Morales and Nhi Vu; Dobie juniors An Duong and Catherine Nguyen; Dobie senior Linda Nguyen; and Rayburn freshman Joseph Rogers; Rayburn sophomore Emilio Recio; Rayburn juniors Marcos Garcia and Deanna Ruiz; and Rayburn seniors Lisandro Andrade and Isaiah Avala.
The winning artwork will be on exhibit at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Stadium from March 1-20. An award ceremony will take place March 5 where the students will receive their ribbons.
High school students will advance to the Grand Prix round for a chance to sell their artwork at auction. Art pieces from 52 surrounding districts will be judged, with only 62 pieces taken to auction for the chance to secure scholarship funds.