QACHS stu­dent named first place artist

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Queen Anne’s County High School ju­nior Jenna Hauser took first place in Mary­land first lady Yumi Ho­gan’s 4th an­nual statewide ex­hi­bi­tion at the pres­ti­gious House of Del­e­gates gallery. The ex­hibit is for “the best of the best” artists from all 23 coun­ties in Mary­land and Bal­ti­more City, K-12. Hauser won the only award pre­sented for high school work in the en­tire state with her self-por­trait graphite draw­ing.

Stephanie Zeiler, lead art teacher at QACHS, said, “Jenna in­spires me and she is an in­cred­i­ble am­bas­sador of the arts for our county. I am so ex­cited for her and for our pro­gram be­cause I be­lieve this will spark ex­cite­ment for other art stu­dents.” “It’s been an ab­so­lute plea­sure to teach Jenna for the last two years and it was very ex­cit­ing to be a part of her artis­tic growth dur­ing the devel­op­ment of her self-por­trait. She’s an ex­cel­lent stu­dent, a won­der­ful per­son, and an out­stand­ing artist. This award is such a great ac­com­plish­ment and I am so very proud of her,” added Tim Goodger, art teacher at QACHS.

Jenna wasn’t the only award-win­ner rep­re­sent­ing Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools. Kent Is­land High School ninth-graders Casey Gessert and Kevin Likowski both had out­stand­ing works of art placed in pres­ti­gious

po­si­tions in An­napo­lis; Gessert’s work was fea­tured in the first lady’s House of Del­e­gates Show where she met Ho­gan and Mary­land State Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Karen Salmon. Likowski had a prized piece placed in the Trea­sury Build­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Be­cause the ex­hibit comes up quickly on the school cal­en­dar, hav­ing newly com­pleted art to sub­mit by dead­line is chal­leng­ing. Art teach­ers worked with all their stu­dents to find their best pieces, and some were forced to reach back to works they started/ com­pleted in the 2017-2018 school year. Kevin and Casey’s sub­mis­sions were from their art class un­der Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School art teacher Lu­cia Cal­loway.

“It was great to see rep­re­sen­ta­tion from both ends of our county. The vis­ual arts are def­i­nitely back on the map in Queen Anne’s County,” said Michael Bell, su­per­vi­sor of vis­ual and per­form­ing arts for Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools.


Queen Anne’s County High School stu­dent Jenna Hauser stands next to her win­ning self-por­trait.


Jenna Hauser’s win­ning self-por­trait graphite draw­ing.

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