David O. Malone Student Art Competition winners Announced

Staff Writer

West Point and Clay County student artists from all the area schools entered their best artwork for the 2017 Prairie Arts Festival/David O. Malone Student Art Competition and Exhibit. The artwork of more than 260 students vied for prizes this year.

David Malone’s untimely death several years ago has left a void in West Point’s artistic community. Malone’s legacy of creativity, innovation, and dedication to his family, friends and community will always be remembered for many years.

Linda Malone, the widow of the late David Malone, said she was pleased there were so many submissions by the young artists for the competition.

"I thought all the kids did such a good job," Malone said. "I appreciate the amount of participation by the students. Some of our children are so very artistic. David would have found something in each entry to praise and offer encouragement for the child to continue to draw."

He loved the creativity that children bring to art, the way they see things differently from adults, she said. They understand everything doesn't have to be perfect.

"He would have been so touched that this art competition bears his name," Malone said. "I don't think anyone could have given him a better complement."

This year's judge was Libby Cagle, who taught in the Starkville public school system for 36 years. For 30 years, she taught Gifted Art students. Cagle had a difficult time determining the winners and commented on the talent of our students. Here are her picks.
Best in Show went to Jalen Lee, a student at West Point High School.
Winners for grades K-3 are: First Place Lexi Staten, Second Place Eli White, Third Place Hayden Wallace, Honorable Mentions Eli McKellar and Hannah Miller.
Winners for Grades 4-6 include: First Place Dixon Reed, Second Place Samantha Harper, Third Place Cole Knighten, Honorable Mentions, Kara Reed and Jermaine Taylor.
Winners for Grades 7-9 are: First Place Antonio Facella, Second Place Honor Brown, Third Place Ann Kennum, Honorable Mentions Jarion Cunningham and Alexia Echols.
Winners for Grades 10-12 include: First Place Archie Jones, Second Place Mallory Williamson, Third Place Breuona Cooperwood, Honorable Mentions Darius Quinn and Dylan Scott.
The school with the most entries this year is Southside Elementary. They will receive $100 for use in their art program.
All entries are on display at the Bryan Public Library until Sept. 27. The Student Art Competition event of the Prairie Arts Festival was sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council.