8-1-14: Students take top honors in Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show
8-1-14: Students take top honors in Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show

More than 100 students, teachers, family members, and friends filled the Pioneer Park Pavilion in late May for the annual Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show artist reception and awards program.

The event recognized student artists in kindergarten through grade 12.

Top winners received cash awards from the school district’s co-sponsor, Valley Arts United, and each student artist received a certificate of recognition. Artwork is judged based on creativity and originality, as well as overall quality.

The Dan Vesey-Deb Munson Art Show is held each year in honor of the late Dan Vesey, a local artist who taught art in the district for 30 years, and Debbie Munson, an art teacher in the district for 35 years.

In addition to announcing the judges’ top pick in the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and photography categories, the evening reception revealed the winners of the Superintendent’s Choice awards.

This year’s top six winning artists are:

First Place, Photography
Kari Merrill, Rogers High
Grade 10, 2013-14
John Tylczak, Teacher




First Place, Three-Dimensional
Bella Pat, Kalles Junior High
Grade 9, 2013-14
Darrell Fralick, Teacher





First Place, Secondary Two-Dimensional
Lacey Pedersen, Puyallup High
Grade 12, 2013-14
Joe Loring, Teacher


First Place, Elementary Two-Dimensional
Kiara Gardley, Sunrise Elementary
Grade 5, 2013-14
Rachel Bailey, Teacher


Superintendent’s Choice (two winners this year)
Audrey Lee, Kalles Junior High
Grade 7, 2013-14
Darrell Fralick, Teacher





Tyler Smith, Northwood Elementary
Grade 6, 2013-14
Jamie Lee, 5/6 QUEST Teacher



To view artwork in a larger version, click to see the slideshow.


Click to see a complete list of all other winners, including honorable mentions.