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Gililland Student Awarded Second-Place at Tempe Young Artist Competition

Post Date:04/05/2018

GMSMusicWinner1_400x244For as long as she can remember, Jacqueline Serrano has always had a passion for art and music. Now as an Eighth-Grader at Gililland Middle School, Serrano combined her two passions into one 3D art project which she submitted into the recent Tempe Festival of the Arts Young Artists Competition.

Serrano submitted her 3D sculpture of a violin which had been crafted true-to-size and complete with paint that resembles wood! The idea came from Serrano’s love of playing the violin in the Gililland Orchestra. After hearing about the Young Artists Competition from her Art Teacher Paige Reesor, Serrano thought she would share her piece of art with her community!

“I thought it would be a cool way of getting my artwork out there and show people what I can do,” said Serrano.

GMSMusicWinner2_400x244Serrano was entered into the 3D Art category which accepted art pieces from students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade. She was surprised to find out over the video announcements at school one recent morning that she had been awarded second-place in her category! Along with a ribbon signifying the win, Serrano was also awarded a cash prize of $25.

“It was a complete surprise!” said Serrano. “Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to win. I would like to submit something again in the future. I really like 3D art so I’ll probably do that again.”

Reesor was happy to announce Serrano’s win to Gililland staff and students because she is always excited to see her students get recognition for their creative work.

GMSMusicWinner3_400x244“When my students get recognized for their art, it impacts them and makes them realize that what they create in class matters,” said Reesor. “Art is great not only as an outlet for their creativity, but it also helps our students develop problem-solving and confidence.”

Serrano will continue on to high school next year, but she will not leave her love for art and music behind! She plans to play the violin and create art for years to come.

Congratulations, Jacqueline, on your award! To learn more about the Tempe Festival of the Arts Young Artists Competition, please visit