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2019 TN YAM Flag Design Contest Results

Thank you to all who participated in the TN Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest!  We had so many great entries.  Here are the results of the 2019 contest.  Sincere thanks go out to the members of the Fairfield Glade Art Guild for being our judges.  They are all enthusiastic artists in their own right. All participant names and schools were hidden during the judging of the flags.  And a big thanks to Sargent Art for all of the great prizes!!  Winners will receive information about their prizes soon.

Grand Prize Winner:

Kassidy Gray 11th Grade L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville Cheri Jorgenson

Kassidy’s flag design will be used for the TN flag at the 2019 NAEA Convention in NYC!  She will also receive $1000 in cash from Sargent Art.  Her teacher will receive $1500 worth of art supplies from Sargent as well to use in her classroom.

Elementary Level Winners

1st Place winner receives $100 in art supplies from Sargent, and their teacher receives $300 worth of art supplies from Sargent!

1st Place John Wilson 4th Donelson Elem, Arlington Natalie Morgan

2nd Place Ocean Thatcher 2nd Joseph Rogers Primary, Rogersville Dr. David Meade

3rd Place Jaxon Wooton 5th North Comberland Elem, Crossville Tristessa Howard


Middle Level Winners

1st Place winner receives $100 in art supplies from Sargent, and their teacher receives $300 worth of art supplies from Sargent!

1st Brenner Olson 7th Houston Middle School, Germantown Hanna Wroblewski

2nd Madelyn Myhre 8th Upperman Middle School, Baxter Janis Nunnally

3rd Lily Cheree Hamlet 8th Upperman Middle School, Baxter Janis Nunnally


High School Winners

1st Place winner receives $100 in art supplies from Sargent, and their teacher receives $300 worth of art supplies from Sargent!

1st Paige McConnell 11th Cumberland County High School Ginger Slate

2nd Ashley Burke 11th Cumberland County High School Ginger Slate

3rd Cassandra Housley 12th Dayton City School, Dayton Nela Swiney

HM Ian Rainey 11th L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville Cheri Jorgenson


What is YAM?

YAM, or Youth Art Month, is a yearly celebration during the month of March that promotes Art and Art Education in schools across the nation. 

Youth Art Month was founded by the Crayon, Water Color & Craft Institute, Inc., the predecessor of the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI), in cooperation with the National Art Education Association, in 1961 and was initially called Children's Art Month. Its goal was to "emphasize the value of participating in art for all children." It was renamed Youth Art Month in 1969, to include secondary school students. 

The main nationwide component of Youth Art Month is a competition called School Flags Across America . . . Flying High. As part of the competition, each state Youth Art Month Chairperson selects a theme that is representative of that state and of the spirit of Youth Art Month, and students design flags around that theme. The winning design from each state is then made into an actual flag, and the 50 student-designed flags are then displayed throughout Washington, D.C. following an opening ceremony held the first week of March to commemorate the start of Youth Art Month. The winning students and their families are invited to attend this opening ceremony in Washington, D.C. and the flags are displayed throughout the city for March, and then displayed at the Youth Art Month booth at the annual convention of the National Art Education Association.

Be an Advocate

Youth Art Month is carried out entirely by volunteers. TAEA is proud to be a part of the call to advocate for the Arts in TN. Our Youth Art Month Chair, Angela McCarter, an art teacher in Knox County Schools, organizes and leads our state's efforts to recognize the importance of the Arts in our schools. 

We know that everyday as art educators, you advocate for the Arts in your schools. Youth Art Month may only be during the month of March, but the need for the Arts is year-long. 

Contact your local officials to let them know the importance of Art in our schools and the lives of our students. 

https://www.tn.gov/main/section/elected-officials

 

TAEA and YAM owe a BIG thank you to Sargent Art. They donate all of the prizes for our YAM Flag Competition winners each year! 

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