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Northwest Missouri State University


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Northwest recently recognized three high school students as the winners of its annual art contest sponsored by Sixth Congressional District of Missouri Congressman Sam Graves at Northwest’s Kansas City Center. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Jared Reiss of East Buchanan High School, Emma Ackman of Maryville High School and Hannah Rene Otis of Staley High School. In back are Dr. Dave Oehler, associate professor and chair of Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and Dr. Terry Barmann, outreach assistant director and Kansas City Center director. (Photos by Angela Smith/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest recently recognized three high school students as the winners of its annual art contest sponsored by Sixth Congressional District of Missouri Congressman Sam Graves at Northwest’s Kansas City Center. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Jared Reiss of East Buchanan High School, Emma Ackman of Maryville High School and Hannah Rene Otis of Staley High School. In back are Dr. Dave Oehler, associate professor and chair of Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and Dr. Terry Barmann, outreach assistant director and Kansas City Center director. (Photos by Angela Smith/Northwest Missouri State University)

April 17, 2013

Future Bearcat takes third place in art competition at Northwest Kansas City Center

“Unforgotten Soldier” by Jared Reiss

“Unforgotten Soldier” by Jared Reiss

“Thoughts” by Emma Ackman

“Thoughts” by Emma Ackman

First place winner Hannah Rene Otis stands by her artwork “Thoughtless Woman.”

First place winner Hannah Rene Otis stands by her artwork “Thoughtless Woman.”

An artistic tribute to fallen soldiers earned an area high school senior a scholarship to Northwest Missouri State University.

East Buchanan High School senior Jared Reiss took third place in an annual art competition at Northwest’s Kansas City Center. As the highest placing senior, Reiss earned a $500 scholarship to Northwest. He plans to utilize the scholarship this fall when he pursues his bachelor’s degree in graphic arts at Northwest.

Reiss said he entered the art show to pay tribute to all of the unidentified American soldiers who lost their lives in combat.

“My grandpa used to tell me stories about war and how he lost a lot of friends and some of them lost their dog tags,” said Reiss. “It’s one of those things that really hits my heart. I wanted to do this to remember the thousands of forgotten soldiers.”

The art competition, titled “An Artistic Discovery,” is sponsored annually by Sixth Congressional District of Missouri Congressman Sam Graves and Northwest’s Kansas City Center. Northwest art faculty judged this year’s 45 entries received from high school students in northwest Missouri. They selected the following winners:

The artworks of all of the participants have been on display at the Kansas City Center in Liberty, Mo. The contest encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of local youth, while giving them an unique opportunity to have their work displayed at the local and, possibly, national levels.

“Anything that encourages people to recognize the arts is something we want to support,” said Dr. Dave Oehler, associate professor and chair of Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “We want to make sure people remember they can make a difference and it’s an important part of our lives.”

All of the participants were honored at a reception at the Northwest Kansas City Center April 15. Representatives from Sam Graves’ office were there to present the awards. As the first place winner, Otis receives a free trip to Washington, D.C., to see her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol along with other winners from across the United States.

The Northwest Kansas City Center offers 20 graduate degree and certificate programs including 19 in education ranging from master's, education specialist and education doctorate degrees, as well as a Master of Business Administration. For more information, contact the Kansas City Center at 816.736.6600 or log on to www.nwmissouri.edu/kc.


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