TMHS takes 3 titles in Alaska Student Activities Association's All-State Art competition

TMHS freshman Ryan Reid won third place in the Drawing category of the Alaska Student Activities Association's All-State Art Competition for his vector bird design, "Alaska Free Style."

The Alaska Student Activities Association has announced the winners of this year’s All-State Art competition. Thunder Mountain High School students took three titles:


• Freshman Ryan Reid took third place in the Drawing category for his vector bird design, “Alaska Free Style;”

• Senior Gabe Donohoe took first place in Communications and Graphic Design for his poly-art style “Year Book Cover;”

• Senior Brandon Swearingin won first place in Multicultural Design for his “Ovoid Creation.”

This year’s Best of Show was awarded to Homer sophomore Hayden Chase, for his metal sculpture of a snow-machine made of spoons, springs, butter knives and bicycle chain.

To see all the submissions from across the state, sort by category or school, and read the artists’ statements, visit

During the competition, art teachers across the state are invited to submit digital images of five student artworks from their classes. Deciding which works to submit can be overwhelming, said TMHS art teacher Heather Ridgway, with so many different categories and possible standards. The deadline to submit is in March, often just before second semester’s major achievements take form, so some of the best work never gets submitted.

These later works, along with award-winning pieces, and all TMHS art student works will be on display during the school-wide TMHS Art Show, May 22 and 23 in room F106 and A111. The Art Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

Student art work is currently on display at the Southeast Waffle Co. through May 21.


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