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Three Hilton Head Island High School Students and Educator take 1st place at State Fair

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

BEAUFORT – Twelve Hilton Head Island High School (HHIHS) students earned awards at the 2023 South Carolina State Fair art competition. Three of those students placed first in their categories.

Eleventh grader Maeve Dolan won 1st place in 2-D for her self-portrait using charcoal.

maeve dolan

Jason Jose, also an eleventh grader, won 1st place in photography, capturing an abstract image of cars.

jason jose

Ninth grader Veronica Gardiner-Lohmann won 1st place in 3-D for her tapestry.

veronica gardiner

HHIHS Media and Digital Arts Teacher, Kimberlee Smith, also earned 1st place recognition in the Professional Artist category for her entry, Skol Barbie, that was inspired by her daughter.

skol barbie

“All of the visual art teachers at HHIHS entered student work. I feel that if I ask students to put their work up for competition, I should be willing to do so as well,” said Smith. “My hope is that this illustrates to my students to be tenacious, especially in regard to their dreams and goals.”

Several students also placed in their categories or received honorable mentions:  

Twelfth Grade
Honora Mayers- 2nd Place 2-D
Addison Fisher- Honorable Mention

Eleventh Grade
Madison Hall- 3rd Place Photography
Dayana Salazar- Honorable Mention
Kaya Tolly- Honorable Mention

Tenth Grade
Andrew Harrington- Honorable Mantion
Heidi Mendoza Villalba- Honorable Mention
Kaitlyn Sobocinski- Honorable Mention

Ninth Grade
Sarah Hill- Honorable Mention
The award-winning artwork was displayed at the SC State Fair in Columbia.

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