COPPELL — Art students hailing from Red Oak High School recently competed in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) hosted by the Texas Art Educators Association.

The event, held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Coppell High School, continues with the VASE mission to “recognize exemplary student achievement in the Visual Arts by providing art students and programs a standard of excellence in which to achieve,” noted a Red Oak ISD announcement.

“The students begin the competition process by bringing an original work of art to the VASE Regional Competition. Students must be prepared to explain the purpose of their piece and their creative process with a juror, who will then rate their work on a scale from 1 to 4,” the release explains. “Four is the highest possible score to attain. Students who qualify for state receive an area medal, and their pieces are stored in a safe place until the state competition. Only about 10 percent of the works entered make it to state.”

Of the over 1,377 entries at this year’s event, Red Oak High School saw 18 of its 22 students receive a perfect four, with the remaining students receiving a three.

“Our visual arts program is growing, and it is very exciting to be a part of and watch,“ said ROHS Art teacher Alexia Mentzel, who teaches alongside Kevin Renner. “Last year, Kevin Renner and I only took a handful of students to this competition. This year we took 22 students who showed exceptional talent and skill in creating their artwork. All of the students scored high, and 18 students won regional medals. Coach Renner and I are so proud of these students and their accomplishments.”