More than 300 works of art from 70 schools across North Carolina, including Mount Mourne Middle School at 1431 Mecklenburg Hwy. in Mooresville, were received as submissions for the state visual art competition, Art Showcase. Submissions were then sent to judges to be scored.

The Art Showcase, a Scholastic Competition, recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina schools. Students are presented with a prompt and given approximately one month to create their submission. This year’s prompt is “Selfie: No Filter.”

Mount Mourne Middle School is an IBO World School for sixth through eighth graders, which considers fine arts a core subject, having equal standing with math, reading, science and the other traditional core subjects.

“The Mount Mourne School has an outstanding fine arts program,” said Courtney Frasier, art teacher at the school. “Working here is a dream for me. Art Showcase gives my students the opportunity to receive critical feedback and compete at a regional and state level.”

The club, which is open to all, starts with approximately 30 students, shared Frasier, and through peer evaluations and critique sessions, the art work of eight students using eight different medium are selected to compete.

The Mount Mourne team, which qualified in the top three regionally, was one of the schools selected to advance to the Feb. 9 state final in Durham and hosted by Northwest Guilford High School.

Art Showcase team members and media are sixth-graders Samantha Troyer (mixed media) and Gowri Nair(collage); seventh-graders, Adi Campuzano (drawing) and Sophia Pavia (computer generated); and eighth-graders, Kaitlin Calliham (painting), Lilliam Mccauley (printmaking), Ryleigh Knox (photography) and Avery Rooney (sculpture).

Individually, seventh-grader Adi Campuzano, earned first place regionally for her drawing.

All of the art work in the state final will be shown live and will be open to the public from 4:30-6 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 5:50 p.m.

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