The winners of the Otero Arts Festival were announced on Thursday evening, but in reality all the students who entered were winners, for they finished a project worthy of public display.

The winners of the Otero Arts Festival were announced on Thursday evening, but in reality all the students who entered were winners, for they finished a project worthy of public display. A complete listing of winners will appear later in the Otero Junior College story. Anne Taylor, who directed the Arts Festival, remarked that the judges in both the visual arts and writing categories had a hard time awarding prizes because so many entries were outstanding this year.

The Art Senior Portfolio awards winners are as follows: first place - Drew Bochum, Cheraw, instructor, Jessica Turner; second place - Yerika Salas, McClave, instructor, Giget Brubacher and Katana Hines, Manzanola, instructor, Crystal Cuckow; third place - Justice Medina, Cheraw, instructor, Jessica Turner; fourth place - Sierra McCanless, Fowler, instructor, Rebecca Hartman; Kalee DuBois, La Junta, instructor, Justin Miller; honorable mention - Anastasia Mathews, La Junta, instructor, Justin Miller.

The best overall creative book was written by Mariah Lindgren of Crowley County High School, instructor Bender. The title of her book is “The Life of a Reaper,” and that book was also awarded Best Storyline Creative Book. The Most Creative Book was written by Hannah Cope, Title, “Journeys.” She attends Swink High School. Most Original Creative Book was Brianna Wilk’s “Saying Goodbye.” She is also from Swink, instructor Bonnie Grossen. The Most Artistic Creative Book was Shannon McLelland’s “Dreams.” McLelland is from Crowley County High School.

The Otero Junior College Scholarship for art went to Kylee Brewer of Crowley County. Alternates were Drew Yochum (Cheraw), Mariah Landgren (Crowley County) and Yerica Salas (McClave). Colorado State University-Pueblo Scholarships went to Drew Yochum (Cheraw) and Katana Hines (Manzanola). The alternates for this scholarship are Yerika Salas (McClave), Mariah Landgren (Crowley County). The Adams State scholarship goes to Katana Hines (Manzanola). Alternates are Drew Yochum (Cheraw) and Susanna Lucero (Crowley County). The President’s Award went to Katana Hines (Manzanola). Judges' Best of Show were awarded to Melody Clark (Cheraw) and Regan Gibbs (Lamar). Judges’ Best of Show 3D were Marlene Garcia Araiza (Manzanola) and Maresa Lucero (Manzanola). Judges' Best Work went to Xai Graham (Rocky Ford), Jenna Brizendine (Swink), Melody Martinez (La Junta) and Topenga Montano (La Junta).

Sherry Manyik of the Fine Arts League presented the club’s awards to Katana Hines of Manzanola, Topenga Montano of La Junta, Shannon McClellan of Crowley County, Idaly Lopez of Cheraw and Maggy Barela of La Junta.