For the eighth year, the Art Study League has awarded high school senior students awards for their talents in art.

A reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the Prairie Arts Center.

The Art Study League would like to recognize the hard work and effort of their art teachers. It is their dedication to the arts that inspire and bring the importance of art to everyone’s life.

Joy Petersen and Bailey Florom are the art teachers at North Platte Senior High. Tim O’Neill is the art teacher at North Platte St. Patrick’s.

Here are the senior art students from North Platte High: Alexis Vaughn, Vanessa Vargas, Kevin Escobar, Mandi Hatch, Casey Scott and Alexandria San Miguel.

The juniors are Emma Downey, Mikayla Kinney Morgan, Hunter Rathjen, Hannah Armstrong, Chloe Weigel, Shyann Gilbert, Brittney Purcell, Donovan Inman, Sierra Wilson and Alexus Garrick.

The sophomores are Ashlynn Picquet, Casidy Raffitt, Anna Harper and Sara Claymore.


From North Platte High:

The senior award winners from North Platte Senior High are Alexis Vaughn and Vanessa Vargas.


Alexis Vaughn

Alexis is the daughter of Susan Torres.

In her freshman year, Alexis participated in tennis and traveled to Europe with People to People as a student ambassador. In her sophomore year, she joined Art Club and was on the stage crew for the Drama Club. In her junior and senior years, Alexis was a member and officer of the Environmental Club and the National Honor Society. She received letters in academics all four years.

She has been involved in community services with Challenge Youth projects, trash walks, Tree planting at Madison Middle School, blood drives and volunteer work at NHS.

Her career interest is psychology. She plans to attend the University of Colorado or Front Range Community College.


Vanessa Vargas

Vanessa is the daughter of Diann Vargas. During her freshman and sophomore year, Vanessa was involved in junior varsity and varsity softball and tennis. She was in choir and the all-school musical her sophomore and junior years and has been in the art club for three years.

In her junior and senior years, she was in the environmental club, cheerleading and she was a Rotary Club student speaker.  Vanessa earned academic letters all four years. She is on the honor roll and the National Honor Society. Her community service includes being involved with Salvation Army bell ringing, Community Connections volunteer, Homeless Shelter food donations, trash walk, Callahan Cancer Center fundraiser, NPHS blood drive, Osgood Elementary Fun Night, and Booster Club concessions.

Vanessa would like to pursue art therapy or social work at Western Oregon University.


From St. Pat’s:

Juniors — Kelsey Folchert, Cassandra Brown, Makenzie Davis, Kateri Noffsinger, Vanessa Schwartz, Calli Groseth, Gracie Rippen, Bailee King, Tia Hanna, Hannah Kummer, and Kaleigh Kummer.

The senior award winners from St/ Pat’s are Allison Montgomery and Elizabeth Calhoun.

Allison Montgomery

Allison is the daughter of Mike and Laura Montgomery. She has been involved in swing choir, volleyball, and the SAINTS letter club for 3 years. Art Class, Choir, One Act plays, Speech, Track, and dance team for 4 years.

Allison has received many honors including American Legion Girls State and ALGS Senator, dance team captain and class president for 3 years. She was the outstanding actress at state one-act competition, a school winner in Poetry Out Loud and a regional participant. She is a volleyball team leader, National Honor Society secretary, and Swing Choir Senior leader.

She volunteers at annual Alzheimer’s walks, helps at the parish, with trash walks, visits nursing homes, is a teacher’s aide and teaches Spanish to elementary students.

Allison has been employed at the Snowball Express since 2010 and has been a babysitter for numerous families during the past 6 years.

Her career plan is to study marketing at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.


Elizabeth Calhoun   

Elizabeth’s parents are William Jay and Jill Calhoun. She was in speech and track her freshman year, in volleyball her sophomore year and show choir and art for 3 years.

Elizabeth (Libby) has been on the Honor Roll and National Honor Society for 4 years. She was the Student Council treasurer and secretary, and the class representative for 3 years.

In her senior year, she was the student of the month and she was captain of the Strutter Dance Team. Libby’s community service includes NebraskaLand Days concessions, National Honor Society blood drive, trash walk, selling 50/50 raffle tickets, and volunteering at nursing homes.

Libby’s career interests are accounting and financial management. She plans to attend the  University of Nebraska in Lincoln.