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Rogers High senior wins state award for her artwork
Rogers High senior wins state award for her artwork
Posted on 05/17/2017
Rogers High School senior Kimi Hamilton is a state winner in the Annual State Superintendent’s High School Art Show. She recently learned that she had won $200, and that her three-dimension ceramic piece will become part of a permanent art collection at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia.

feather vaseKimi’s piece titled “Floating Feather” is a wheel-thrown ceramic vase and is a state winner having earned the Judges Choice Award.

The annual art show begins with contests taking place at each of Washington state’s 19 educational service district (ESD) regions. Artwork selected as winners in each region are forwarded to OSPI for display and judging. Artwork is judged based on three criteria in alignment with the Washington State Arts Learning Standards and include creativity, composition, and technique.

Kimi’s artwork was one of 134 entries which reached the state level. After several rounds of judging and selections fifteen winners and ten honorable mention awardees were identified. 

The Art Show including regional winners, state winners, and honorable mention recipients is viewable online at:

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal has proclaimed May 2017 as Arts Education Month. In his proclamation, Reykdal encourages all communities to give full support to quality school arts programs. The Arts, which include dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, are included in the Basic Education Goals of Washington State and are required for high school graduation.

In Puyallup secondary students have the chance to enroll in several visual arts courses. Junior high art classes teach the principles of design using various media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking. Advanced art classes introduce additional media such as clay, silkscreen, scratch board, and water based paints. Ceramics classes introduce students to slab, coil, and drape construction. Some schools include wheel thrown ceramics courses. In high school courses become more narrowly focused and include Drawing, Interior Design, Painting, and Sculpture. Under the heading of Arts and Communication, students can participate in Photography, Graphic Design, Video Productions, and Web Design.

“It’s wonderful to see someone like Kimi Hamilton get recognized for her pottery,” says RHS art teacher Cynthia Tate. “’Floating Feather’ represents the unique combination of dedication, talent, and passion she’s developed for her craft.”

Along with other state winners, Kimi Hamilton will attend the reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 19, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction located in the Old Capitol Building at 600 Washington Street SE Olympia from 1 - 3 p.m. Superintendent Chris Reykdal, along with other distinguished guests, will present the awards.