Picture Perfect Day for Students at the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program Awards

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/9/2015, 6:21 p.m.
Big smiles filled the faces of students as they crossed the stage at the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ...
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art! Raina Baggerly Grand Champion Vanessa Sosa Reserve Grand Champion Patricia Ontiveros Lot 5 - Class Champion First time in history a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion have been from the same school. Go Texans!

MARCH 7, 2015 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Big smiles filled the faces of students as they crossed the stage at the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program Awards ceremony, March 7. This year, Grand and Reserve Champions were both from the Pasadena Independent School District.

Raina Baggerly won Grand Champion for her art piece, “There’s Work to Be Done,” and Vanessa Sosa won Reserve Grand Champion for her piece, “Come Rain or Shine.”

Baggerly, 18, a senior at Sam Rayburn High School, plans to open up a tattoo shop and art studio after college. She said she has been involved in art ever since she was a little girl.

Sosa, 18, also a senior at Sam Rayburn High School, wants to go into illustrating after college.

“This is something I never imagined happening,” Sosa said. “I spent a month working on this.”

The contest is divided into five categories: colored drawing, mixed media, monochromatic drawing, painting and 3-D. Judging started in January at district competitions. The show recognized 683 Gold Medal, Best in Show and Special Merit winners from 102 school districts.

“This is something they have worked for all year,” Jane Smith, School Art Committee member, said. “My favorite part is when the kids walk across the stage to get their award, and that smile crosses their face. It is just wonderful.”

Each of the students’ artwork was pictured on the screen behind them as they walked on the stage to get their award. Words of admiration filled the air as each piece flashed across the screen.

The Show selected 62 pieces for auction, which will take place Sunday, March 15, at noon in the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed nearly $375 million to the youth of Texas. The 2015 Show runs through Sunday, March 22. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with RodeoHouston online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr for all of the latest news. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Heritage Partners are NRG, Ford, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, BP America and Mattress Firm.

For more information, visit www.hlsr.com