Students excel at visual art festival; bring home awards

SUBMITTED by missy bratland Seven Spring Grove High School students attended the Minnesota State High School League Visual Arts Festival in Rochester on April 21. Students brought home more than one award. Left to right: Lillian Hutchins, Sydnie Kampschroer, Claire Bratland, Lance Hegge and art teacher Renee Eiken. Not pictured is George Boyd, Kailee Olerud and Hannah Dodson.
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Jordan Gerard

Seven high school students earned awards at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Visual Arts Festival, held on Saturday, April 21 at Century High School in Rochester.

Present at the festival were 19 Class A schools and seven Class AA schools. Spring Grove is a Class A school.

Spring Grove entered 18 pieces of artwork – the maximum number a school is allowed to enter. There were eight categories to choose from.

“We had entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics,” art teacher Renee Eiken said. 

As part of the league, students compete in academics, sports, music and visual arts. One piece in every category is chosen to move on to the state competition.

Three seniors earned several awards between them. George Boyd earned three excellent awards. Claire Bratland was awarded two superiors and three excellents. Lance Hegge brought home two superiors and one excellent.

Juniors Hannah Dodson, Sydnie Kampschroer and Kailee Olerud had several awards in their name. Dodson earned two excellents, Kampschroer received one superior and Olerud had two excellents.

Youngest award winner from Spring Grove was sophomore Lillian Hutchins, who earned two excellent awards. 

Eiken is certainly proud of her award-winning art students. This is at least the 10th year students have submitted art to the festival. Spring Grove has sent students to the festival since it began. 

“We had a great showing at the festival this year,” Eiken said. “We entered in five of the eight categories with a wide assortment of unique and creative artworks. Congratulations to all who participated.” 

The final show is at the Perpitch Center for the Arts in the cities. A Best of Show award was needed to qualify for the state competition. 

“I feel it is important for our artists to attend to get inspiration and ideas to use in their own work,” Eiken said. “We also see the high value we place on visual art and creativity.”