QACHS student named first place artist
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.