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QACHS student artist named 1st Place artist in MD!

QACHS Student Named 1st Place Artist in Maryland!

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 1, 2018 -- When Jenna Hauser, an 11th-grade student artist from Queen Anne’s County High School was asked to submit a hyper-realistic self-portrait for First Lady Yumi Hogan’s 4th annual statewide exhibition at the prestigious House of Delegates she honestly didn’t know what to expect. After all, this is for “the best of the best” artists from all 24 counties in Maryland, K-12. While she’s confident in her skills as an artist and has high aspirations to attend SCAD in Savannah, Georgia in the future - what she did not expect was to win the only award presented to just one high school student in the entire State of Maryland by the State Coordinator of Art, Alysia Lee, the Governor’s First Lady Yumi Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon!

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(from left, Stephanie Zeiler, Jenna Hauser, First Lady Yumi Hogan, Timothy Goodger, Michael Bell)


“It’s been an absolute pleasure to teach Jenna for the last two years and it was very exciting to be a part of her artistic growth during the development of her self-portrait. She’s an excellent student, a wonderful person, and an outstanding artist. This award is such a great accomplishment and I am so very proud of her!”-Tim Goodger, Art Teacher, QACHS

In First Lady Hogan’s address to the public, she said that it was her “sincerest wish that this gallery serves as an inspiration and hope for our young artists to believe in themselves and follow their dreams." For Jenna Hauser, this moment of statewide recognition will definitely last a lifetime.

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View Awards video of Jenna Hauser being recognized by First Lady Umi Hogan:

“Jenna inspires me and she is an incredible ambassador of the arts for our county. I am so excited for Jenna and for our program because I believe this will spark excitement for other art students because it makes tangible the possibilities we often speak about and give other students something to aspire to in their work.”-Stephanie Zeiler, Lead ArtTeacher, QACHS

Jenna wasn’t the only show in town representing Queen Anne’s County. Casey Gessert also had an outstanding work in the First Lady’s exhibition and took photographs with First Lady Yumi Hogan and Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, along with her art teacher LuciaCalloway and Principal Dr.Lois McCoy from Matapeake Middle School. Mrs. Calloway’s students were featured in both the First Lady’s House of Delegates Show and in the Treasury Building Exhibition, which includes a fabulous work of art by Kevin Likowski.


(from left: Supervisor Michael Bell, Art teacher Lucia Calloway, Casey Gessert, Principal Dr. Lois McCoy)

“It was great to see representation from both ends of our county. The Visual Arts are definitely back on the map in Queen Anne’s County!” - Michael Bell , Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts, QACPS