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Huntington High students bring home art prizes

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Two Huntington High School students have been rewarded for their artistic efforts in two statewide competitions in the past month.

Gianna Pellegrini proved to be a cut above the rest when she was awarded third place in her division of the 13th Annual Self-Portrait Competition hosted by the West Virginia University Student Chapter of The National Art Education Association.

The task for competitors in this year’s competition was to make a cut paper self-portrait. Students were permitted to use any type of paper they wished, but they were not permitted to use any other medium in creating their portraits.

Pellegrini’s self-portrait was displayed during the West Virginia Art Education Association conference on the campus of West Liberty University Oct. 25 and 26.

Her work also has been put on display on WVU’s campus.

Johnie Riner also received a Juror’s Choice award at the 2013 West Virginia High School Juried Exhibition at West Virginia Weslyan College.

Riner was one of 17 high school artists who were presented with the awards, which provide $500 scholarships that are renewable for four years.

Leslee Smith is the chair of the art department at Huntington High School.

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