Taylor County students recognized in WV Youth Art Month competition


GRAFTON—The month of March is Youth Art Month here in West Virginia and across the nation.  Judges chose six pieces of student artwork to represent Taylor County in the statewide competition, with pieces from Anna Jarvis, Taylor County Middle School, and Grafton High School.  

Two winners were chosen from Anna Jarvis Elementary from Mrs. Roselius’s art classes. Congratulations to Jefferey Wyckoff and Avery Raschella for their winning artwork. 

Jefferey’s artwork, titled Wild Jeff, won 2nd place in the elementary division and Avery’s painting, called Snow Forest, won runner-up in the watercolor contest for all grades. 

One winner was also chosen from Grafton High School. Alynna Denike won 3rd place in the high school category for color drawing. 

“We are so proud of these talented artists,” expressed Roseluis.  

Their artwork, along with Anna Jarvis Elementary students Lilliam Stolzenfels, Elijah Bolyard, Acen Cox, Zaiden Ellison, Emileigh Leach, Lillian Snyder and Joshua Roselius, will be on display for the Arts Alive! festival in Charleston, WV on April 17th.

“Great job to all of these young artists,” commended Roselius. “Taylor County is representing West Virginia well through art.”  

She shared that creating art stimulates your brain in new ways, produces endorphins, and helps create a more positive learning environment. Having art in our schools helps our students succeed in all areas of academics.     

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