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MOESC Announces Artapolooza Winners

Gabe Carroll from Shelby High School took Best of Show with his pair of ceramic vases.

Artapolooza 2021 took place March 20th through the 24th at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. Thirteen local school districts participated in this year’s event, including Crestline Exempted Village Schools, Discovery School, GOAL Digital Academy, Highland Local Schools, Lucas Local Schools, Madison Local Schools, Mansfield Christian, Mansfield City Schools, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools, Shelby City Schools, Shelby Sacred Heart, and St. Bernard School. There was also a selection of area artwork from the North Central region of the Ohio Art Educators Association.

Gabe Carroll from Shelby High School took Best of Show with his pair of ceramic vases. “The judges were impressed with the degree of difficulty involved in creating these pieces,” stated Jennifer Pennell, Gifted Education Consultant, and coordinator of this event. “This young man certainly has talent with pottery.” 

Also rounding out the top awards for the High School division were Attie Pierce, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools - 1st place; Allegra Ruhl, GOAL Digital Academy - 2nd place; and Casey Lantz, Shelby High School - 3rd place. Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools earned recognition for Best Display.

Middle School awards went to Kensie Pitt, Crestline Middle School - 1st Place; Lindsay Montgomery, Shelby Middle School - 2nd place; and Rilyn Mott, Highland Middle School - 3rd place.

Honorable Mention medals were awarded to Bailey Crawford and Maddie Engler of Crestline, Jenna Abrams and Samuel Class of GOAL Digital Academy, Madison Cline, Alexia Hamilton, Jade Meyers, and Kameron Stover of Highland, Sylvia S. of Lexington, Carmella Desterhaft, Thalia Kurtzman, and Joseph Desterhaft of Lucas, Lydia Roggio of Mansfield Christian, Riley Kilgore, Zoey Endicott, and Natalie Channing of Plymouth-Shiloh, and Makenna Miller, Trinity Potts, Paige Hoffbauer, and Maddie Parks of Shelby.

Outstanding Artist certificates were awarded to Amira Withrow of Discovery School, Natalie Benton of Lucas, Leah Thomas of Madison, Christian Delgado-Gayton of Mansfield Christian, Maddie Shafley of Mansfield’s Spanish Immersion, Kerah Johnson of Mansfield’s Woodland Elementary, Sophia Hamilton of Shelby Sacred Heart, Bella Britt of Shelby, and Joslin Cox and Kaylee Hoy of St. Bernard School. 

“Although a little smaller than in past years, this year’s Artapolooza was a tremendous success, and we look forward to adding more schools and activities next year,” said Pennell.