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Battle Ground Public Schools announce winners of annual art show

The Columbian

BATTLE GROUND — Winners of the 63rd annual District Art Show were recognized recently by the Battle Ground school board.

High school students received juried awards in four categories: 2D, 3D/Sculpture, Photography and Digital, while middle school students received juried awards by grade level. The district also presented special awards to students from all grade levels. Special awards include Best of Show, the Bob Peck Award, the Superintendent’s Award, Board’s Choice Awards, and new for 2022, the Art Show featured a People’s Choice category to allow the community to actively participate in the event. More than 500 people voted online for their favorite pieces of art in the virtual gallery.

The District Art Show is an ongoing tradition that was started in 1959 by Battle Ground High School art teacher Bob Peck in collaboration with Battle Ground city librarian Florence Rieck as a way to share students’ artistic talents with the community.

This year’s winners include:

Superintendent’s Award: Nellie Davis of Captain Strong Primary.

Bob Peck Award: Sylvia Carlson of Yacolt Primary, Colby McGraw of Amboy Middle School and Marcus Rotschy of Battle Ground High School.

Best of Show: David Tribon of Yacolt Primary, Mason Bruckelmyer of Amboy Middle School and Sydney Schafte of Prairie High School.

Board’s Choice Award: Sydney Whisenhunt of Prairie High School, Eda Homola of Tukes Valley Middle School, Emma Flowers of River HomeLink, Vivianna Nguyen of Prairie High School and Emerson Hoyt of Captain Strong Primary.

People’s Choice Award: Pippa Crouch of Pleasant Valley Primary, Lucy Humphrey of Chief Umtuch Middle School and Brianna Morrell of Prairie High School.

The full list of winners, including a digital gallery of the event, can be found at