RALEIGH – A panel of judges selected winners this week in the 14th annual Gifts of Gold art show. Ninety Wake County students from 70 schools showcased their artistic abilities in the competition, which serves as the visual arts component of Pieces of Gold, the annual performing arts extravaganza produced by Wake Education Partnership and the Wake County Public School System.

Wake County art teachers were each encouraged to submit one piece of 2-D or 3-D student art to be honored in the showcase, which will be featured in the lobby of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on March 6-7, 2007. Images of the winning artwork and a complete list of student participants can be found atWakeEdPartnership.org.

Best in Show: “Close Up” (shown above)

Sanderson High – Erin Choplin – Jeannette Stevenson, teacher

First Place Elementary School:

Farmington Woods Elementary – Kristy Steward – Anne Kratzer, teacher

Second Place Elementary School:

Northwoods Elementary – Logan Michalak – Mary Gail Walker, teacher

Third Place Elementary School:

Vandora Springs Elementary – Sarah Hall – Jim Hunt, teacher

First Place Middle School:

Martin Middle – Jenna Pilato – Patricia Meeks, teacher

Second Place Middle School:

Daniels Middle – Rebecca Blakeslee – Melanie Walker, teacher

Third Place Middle School:

Zebulon Middle – Rachel Odette – Lisa Preszko, teacher

First Place High School:

Green Hope High – Wesley Owens – Melissa Carl, teacher

Second Place High School:

Millbrook High – Kristen Yakamavich – Elizabeth Stevenson, teacher

Third Place High School:

Southeast Raleigh High – Amanda Weih – Jodi Aker, teacher

3-D Art Award:

Millbrook High – Andrew Vanover – Diana Turner, teacher

North Carolina Symphony Award:

Southeast Raleigh High – Josh Doby – Martin Rudd, teacher

This award winner will have the opportunity to design the cover for the N.C. Symphony school materials for the upcoming season.

Pieces of Gold is an annual arts extravaganza produced by the Wake Education Partnership and Wake County Public Schools every year in order to emphasize the importance of art in education as well as to challenge students and educators in creative thinking as they prepare a performance which both entertains and supports their curriculum. The show features more than 800 students representing 31 groups from 30 Wake County public schools.

Pieces of Gold will be held at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the box office at the Progress Energy Center or through Ticketmaster. For more information about Gifts of Gold and Pieces of Gold,please visit WakeEdPartnership.org.

Wake Education Partnership is an advocacy organization dedicated to making world-class schools possible in Wake County through business and community involvement. We play a critical role in bringing people together, raising the level of discussion through capacity building, and brokering information and relationships around key issues in public education. Founded in 1983 by Raleigh’s leading business, civic and political leaders, Wake Education Partnership serves as an independent link between the school system and the community to promote public responsibility for globally competitive schools in Wake County. Programs for 2006-07 focus on retaining effective teachers, developing effective education leaders, and ensuring healthy schools for all students. For more information, please visit www.WakeEdPartnership.org.

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