“My Hometown”

Artist Travon Peacock Jr., (center) stands next to Assemblyman Tom Lackey and members of his family Friday night at MOAH: Cedar Gallery. Travon’s 3D art was not judged because it did not meet the rules specifications, but the youngster worked so hard on his piece he earned a prominent display.

LANCASTER — Assemblyman Tom Lackey welcomed more than 300 students, community leaders and families to his Student Art Show on Friday.

The artwork was displayed at the Museum of Art and History: Cedar Gallery and featured pieces from nearly 30 schools in the Antelope Valley.

Families and students mingled with fellow young artists, local dignitaries and Lackey.

“It was a night to showcase the work of some of the most inspiring members of our community,” he said. “Students in the Antelope Valley have so much talent and much to offer. The event helped us to remember all that brings us together this holiday season.”

Artists were tasked with depicting the theme “My Hometown” and works ranged from sprawling desert landscapes with cotton candy sunset skies to howling coyotes, to an Antelope Valley favorite, the California Poppies. Each category from kindergarten through 12th grade were scored and ranked based on the criteria outlined in the official rules of the contest. The culmination of the event revolved around the presentation of awards at the end of the evening.  

“I can’t begin to express how happy I am with the way the evening turned out,” Lackey said at the end of the night. “I am proud of everyone who played a part in it and I hope everyone that participated is looking forward to next year as much as I am. We are so proud of our community and of the many interpretations of what makes this place truly, a hometown.”

Winning art from each of the age groups is being displayed in Lackey’s district office in Palmdale, through the holidays. A selection of the winners will make the trip to Sacramento, where they will be featured in one of the Legislative halls of the state Capitol from Jan. 13 to 27.

Here are the winners:

Kindergarten and first grade  

First place: Jace Ritchea, Del Sur School and Artuity Creative  Studio

Second place: Austin Shao, Esperanza Elementary School

Third place: Jolene A. Arnold, Gregg Anderson Academy

Honorable mentions: Samantha C. Hamrick, Meadowlark Elementary School and Ethan Johnston, Desert Christian School.

Second and third grade

First place: Julian Marzocchetti, Gregg Anderson Academy and Artuity Creative Studio

Second place: Leah Gravance; Bethel Christian School and Artuity Creative Studio

Third place: Jayden Shao, Esperanza Elementary School

Honorable mentions: Alexis C. Travers, Gregg Anderson Academy and Maya G. Frommer, Sundown Elementary School.

Fourth and fifth grade

First place: Vivian E. Thompson, Sundown Elementary School and Artuity Creative Studio

Second place: Lilith V. Castro, Quartz Hill Elementary School and Artuity Creative Studio

Third place: Lakshmi M. Zafar, Gregg Anderson Academy and Artuity Creative Studio.

Honorable mentions: Lucy J. Kepke and Destiny A. Cornejo, Quartz Hill Elementary School; Kaley E. Pastor, Rancho Vista Elementary School; Raegan O. Rockey and Artuity Creative Studio; Guo Ye, Gregg Anderson Academy, and Janelle Andrade, Idea Academy @ Cottonwood and Artuity Creative Studio.

Sixth through eighth grade

First place: Aubrey R. Mendoza, Desert Christian School

Second place: Kaelyn K. Wilson, Joe Walker Middle School

Third place: Tyler P. Kiang, Idea Academy@Cottonwood.

Honorable mentions: Antonio Longobardi, Los Amigos Dual Immersion School and Artuity Creative Studio; Ethan A. McDaniel, Del Sur School; Autumn H. Ginn, Sacred Heart School and Artuity Creative Studio; Aunchalee S. Olguin, iLead Exploration Charter School and Artuity Creative Studio; Lilly Pogosyan, Gregg Anderson Academy; and Zhi Ye, HillView Middle School.

Ninth through 12th grade

First place: Zoe Suprenant, home school and Artuity Creative Studio

Second place: Alexandria M. Mayo, Quartz Hill High School

Third place: Desirae L. Foster, Antelope Valley High School

Honorable mentions: Elizabeth Engeda, Paraclete High School, and Daniela Ledesma, Antelope Valley High School.

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