Cooper Art Students Medal at REGIONAL & STATE VASE
The mission of the TAEA Visual Arts Scholastic Event, as well as JR VASE, is to “recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students a program with a standard of excellence in which to achieve.” Not only do students create original artworks, they also write about their work and creation process. Students are entered according to their Division, which refers to the art course in which they are currently enrolled. According to TAEA, jurors look for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent.
High school VASE begins at the region level with nearly 20,000 pieces being submitted for judging across the state of Texas. AISD students earned a total of 89 medals for their artwork in the Region 14 competition. Approximately 1600 pieces advance to the state competition. The work of 11 AISD students will advance to the state competition held virtually in May.
Cooper High School students whose work earned Region medals are Thomas Bannister, Micah Boykin (2), Helena Bridge, Tyler Cluck, Brandon Dobbs, Destiny Falcon, Cody Farley, Isa Garcia, Denzel Hernandez, Madyson Lawson, Austin Lloyd, Aaliyah Mendoza, Sakari Ochoa, Kayden Portillo, Liberty Price, Rosie Tamayo, Mackenzie Wasson, Savannah Abor, Darcy Bell, Mansi Bhakta, Krishna Boon, Jack Boyd, Kate Boyd, Jean Damour, Balen Diaz Herrera, Christina Dobbs, Andrew Downs, Ryder Ellis, Marysol Espericueta, Madison Ewest, Lune Finch, Hayley Fox, Kaydence Gonzales, Sydney Gordon, Holli Holder, Willow Holloway, Maleah Hudson, Jasmine Lowe, Nevaeh Medina, Kaden Miller, Tivona Nguyen, Justin Parks-Stewart, Kasanddra Race, Jason Reid, Iva Rodriguez, Hannah Rooslet, Gabrielle Sanchez, Jacob Santana, Skyla Stark, Anita Alcantar, Lilliana Garcia, Alexandria Mcwhorter, Cheyenne Grey, Emily Knight, Morgan Kruse, Jeanett Macias, Justice Moore, Xing Pan, Katelynn Smith, and Cambree Workman. Cooper High School art students are taught by Amanda Baldwin, Sherry Griffith, Shelby Meier, Kim Westfall, and Melody Kennedy.
At the State VASE event, held April 23-24, four students received a Rating IV-Exemplary and received State Medallions. Those students are Tyler Cluck, Denzel Hernandez, and Rosie Tamayo. One student, Sydney Gordon, received a Rating V-Distinguished (Gold Seal) recognition, the highest given at State VASE, and received a Gold Seal Medallion. Gordon’s artwork will tour four locations on exhibition around the state of Texas. All of these students are named All State Artist by TAEA and VASE.
Congrats to the Cooper Volleyball Team!
Over the break our volleyball team did BIG things! On Friday, November 20th, they headed to Lubbock to take on Amarillo Tascosa and beat them 3-1 to become the Bi-District Champions. On Tuesday, November 24th, they traveled to Monahans and beat El Paso Horizon 3-1 to become the Area Champs. On Friday they lost in the Regional Quarterfinals to a good Canyon Randell team to end the season. Congrats to the players, Coach Campbell, Coach Elkins, Coach Herring, Coach Moorhead, and Coach Brown on an amazing season! We are SUPER proud of you!
I am proud to be the Principal at Cooper and I am excited to be on this journey with our students. Prior to this year, I was the Associate Principal at CHS. I began my career in Abilene ISD in 2005 teaching math at Mann Middle School. I later taught math and became a counselor at Abilene High before serving as the Principal at Holland Medical High School. I am confident I have found my “home” at Cooper and genuinely enjoy working with the students, teachers, and staff on a daily basis.
High school is such an exciting time for students, and it is my hope that your child takes advantage of all that Cooper has to offer. We always stress the importance of being involved and finding ways to connect to the Cooper community. This leads to greater success academically, socially, and emotionally.
The teachers and staff at Cooper are second to none, as they are truly outstanding and dedicated educators who seek to serve students well by ensuring safety and a high quality education. I look forward to working alongside the Cooper staff and each of you. We will work to support our students as they make important decisions and ensure they are prepared for the next step in achieving their goals.
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