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Klein ISD Student Artists Achieve State VASE Success

Klein ISD Student Artists Achieve State VASE Success

Thirty-eight Klein ISD students attended the Texas High School State VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event) at San Marcos High School, bringing home multiple awards. In the nearly 30 years since the event started, it has grown from having just 400 entries to having over 30,000 entries from student-artists. 

State VASE has been a virtual event for the last two years. This year, the event resumed in person. VASE is open to academically eligible high school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas. Students create artworks, write about their creative processes and understanding of visual art, and articulate information about their artwork during an interview with a VASE juror, who evaluates their work using a standards-based rubric. 

“We are glad this event is back in person. I was honored to attend State VASE this year with our students,” Assistant Director of Fine Arts Leah McWhorter said. “To see them thrive at the state level is incredibly heartwarming and shows the strength of Klein ISD’s Visual Art programs.”

Of the 38 Klein ISD student artist entries that qualified for State VASE, Klein Forest student Ushna Faisal received an Outstanding Landscape Scholarship Award, and Klein Cain student Nguyen Phan received a Gold Seal. Klein High student Yaretzi Contreras received a Gold Seal and was a Sketchbook Scholarship Challenge winner.

Congratulations to our outstanding artists! We are so proud of your success.

View the State VASE Photo Gallery Below:

State VASE Qualifiers: 

Klein High SchoolEllie Mcnally 
Amy Chavez 
Alexia Burgos 
Natalie Cantu
Sienna Martinez 
Martin Cutrone 
Irina Griffin 
Cainan Skibinski
Annabelle Subirats
Tanya Le
Yaretzi Contreras (Gold Seal) 

Klein Forest High School
Karol Banegas
Ushna Faisal
Eloyangel Martinez
Jasser Martinez
Nyta Prom
Marlene Torres
Loan Ha
Klein Oak High SchoolYsabelle Bautista
Olivia Clark
Chloe Crawford
Klein Collins High SchoolPaulina Barron
Joslyn Stokes
Marnie Kapich
Medha Fotedar
Sadie Kay
Alexa Phuong
Sofia P. Guala
Ivan Payton
Bridge Mwambukiri
Rilee Oatis
Klein Cain High SchoolChristopher Drummond
Travis Duong
Riley O’keefe
Sandra Perez
Nguyen Phan (Gold Seal)
Nguyen Phan
Analeeze Quintanilla


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