SUGAR GROVE – A dozen young students in Kaneland schools became “professional artists” Wednesday night, as the District 302 Board approved the purchase of work from two students at each school as part of an annual program.
The sixth-grade team room at Harter Middle School was filled with the artists and their friends and families, as the artists showed off their work before handing it off to the district. Most of the work was framed, though one young artist’s work was in the form of a birdhouse.
“Congratulations on becoming professional artists tonight,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said, adding the event was “about celebrating achievements in the arts.”
The artwork will be displayed in the hallways of the district’s administrative center, then returned to the individual schools for permanent display.
Each artist stood by the artwork as teachers talked about it. Parents and family members took photos or videos.
The winners were:
• Rachel Cormier (first place) and Savannah Guo (second place) at John Shields Elementary;
• Riddhi Deshpande (first place) and Audra Brown (second place) at Blackberry Creek Elementary;
• Mia Carmichael (first place) and Talon Goss (second place) at McDole Elementary;
• Taite Krage (first place) and Alyson Malo (second place) at John Stewart Elementary;
• Nathan Seyller (first place) and Lauren DiSandro (second place) at Harter Middle School;
• And Brittany Grider (first place) and Alexis Logan (second place) at Kaneland High School.