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Winners Announced for Sixth Annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit

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Winners Announced for Sixth Annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit

CREATED Feb. 28, 2013

EAST LANSING Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) announced the winners of the Sixth Annual Student Art Exhibit and honored all who competed at a special ceremony at MSUFCU headquarters on Sunday, Feb. 24.

“I’m consistently amazed by the artistic abilities of our local high school students,” said April Clobes, executive vice president and chief operating officer at MSUFCU. “We wanted to recognize these young people for their talent.”

The exhibit included three segments of awards for the student artists. The Juried Awards were determined by a panel of three local art experts. The People’s Choice Awards were determined by votes from the public, cast both in-person at the MSUFCU headquarters and online at the exhibit’s website, The final segment was a new addition to the competition this year. One student was awarded the Social Media Award for gathering the most “likes” on the exhibit’s Facebook page.

First place in the Juried award category went to Sarah Dougherty from Okemos High School. Second place was awarded to Kaitlin Houghton of Mason High School. Third place went to Hannah Phelps of Willamston High School.

Juried Honorable Mentions were: Jule Schatz, Okemos High School; Susie Boniadi, Okemos High School; Santos Hernandez, Okemos High School; Madaleine Norman, Okemos High School; Hannah Myers, Lansing Christian High School; Leslie Frisch, Okemos High School; Emilio Pido, Everett High School; Trisha Cheeney, St. Johns High School; Vincent Sparling, Waverly High School; Melanie Moore, Lansing Christian High School; and Matias Brimmer, East Lansing High School.

The People’s Choice Award first place winner was Kaitlyn Slack from Grand Ledge High School, who also captured second place as well. Claudia Perez of Grand Ledge High School earned third place. The first-ever Social Media Award was won by Jacob O’leary from Okemos High School. This year more than 8,000 votes were cast online and at MSUFCU Headquarters. More votes were cast this year in-person at the MSUFCU headquarters than in any previous year.

First place winners won $300, second place $200 and third place $100; the Social Media winner was awarded $50 and honorable mentions received $25 each. In addition to the individual awards for the students’ work, the School Spirit Award was given the school that received the most votes. This year, the award went to Grand Ledge High School.

The MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit featured the artwork of students from 15 Greater Lansing high schools from Feb. 1 to Feb. 24. To learn more about all of this year’s exhibit winners, and to view the artwork,