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Parker students shine at Youth Art Month


Parker School student artists celebrated several wins for their works in advance of Youth Art Month, recognized through the month of March every year.

According to the National Art Education Association’s website, YAM is designed “to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs” and is administered by the Council for Art Education and the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and state affiliates such as the Hawaii Art Education Association (HAEA).

Parker seventh grader Nate Biondi earned third place in the YAM flag design competition. Juniors Mariko Langevin, Kanoe Schutte and Zhou Hongjin (Rin), and senior Erika Hannon all entered photographs which have been selected for display at the Hawaii State Capitol throughout the month of March.

Langevin’s entry, a self-portrait, was selected by the judges as “best in show” in her age category.

These four Parker students were in the top 100 selected for the exhibit, out of nearly 1,000 entries.

Parker School art teacher Heidi Buscher said, “Of those 100, 10 were selected as the top 10 works to represent the state of Hawaii at the National Art Education Association conference in New York City next month. Our very own Mariko Langevin represents Parker School, the Big Island and the state of Hawaii as one of the top 10. Congratulations to all of our Parker artists.”

Langevin was also named a semi-finalist in the Congressional Art Competition for her photograph entitled Waterboy, as was classmate Brieannah Gouveiah for her photograph, Man and Nature.

Langevin and Gouveiah were the only two selected from the Big Island out of the 13 from the state.

The winner for this competition will be announced at an awards reception at the State Capitol, and the work will hang in Washington D.C. for the year.

“These kids just keep outdoing themselves year after year,” Buscher said. “I am so proud that for the second year in a row we have young Parker School artists representing the Big Island at the state and national level in the YAM show, the Congressional semi-finals, and in the YAM top 10.”

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"Roping" by Parker School junior Kanoe Schutte.

"Self-portrait" by Parker School senior Erika Hannon.

"Vanishing Mist" by Parker School junior Zhou Hongjin ("Rin")

"Waterboy" by Parker School junior Mariko Langevin.

"Man and Nature" by Parker School junior Brieannah Gouveiah.

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