El Monte Union High School District Students Honored at Art Reception
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
January 9, 2013 • 1,000 views
Once again, the El Monte Union High School District’s (EMUHSD) many talented art students had a very successful showing of their skills at last September’s Los Angeles County Fair’s America’s Kids Art Competition. EMUHSD students captured over 335 awards, including many first place recognitions.
All winning entries were on display during the entire run of the fair and the students were then honored by the district at a reception held November 27 at South El Monte High School.
“I’m very excited to be here representing our great district and to see the outstanding works of art by our students from all of our district schools,” said South El Monte High School Principal Angie Gonzales.
According to art teacher Richard Heilemann, South El Monte High School received a $200 grant from the Foothill Federal Credit Union for the purchase of art supplies for three students who captured graphic arts best of show awards.
“While our students are extremely talented in so many areas, we are proud to recognize our art students and their excellent teachers for their exceptional artistic ability and for their fine showing at this year’s L. A. County Fair,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated students and staff represent our district.”
”It is an honor to work for a school district that has such great support for the arts,” said El Monte High School Art Chair John Kovac, adding he was quite impressed with the work of all the district’s art students. “All the district’s art teachers do a fantastic job and we are all fortunate to work every day with such talented students.”
Kovac went on to say the art reception, spearheaded by the District’s Liz Alonso, Sabrina Fernandez and Diane Flores, had a professional look.
“Our art students and their teachers have done a phenomenal job as evidenced by the many beautiful works of art on display and the awards received,” said Salerno. “The art reception was a wonderful event with many students, their families and community members on hand to view the many beautiful works of art.”