KEARNEY–The first annual art competition held by the Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) was held earlier this month in conjunction with the FKC basketball tournament.
According to Litchfield Art Teacher Allison Varah, five medals were awarded to students whose artwork exemplifies creativity, exceptional craftsmanship, and originality. Professional artist Jeremy Hansen and University of Nebraska at Kearney professor Doug Waterfield served as the esteemed judges of the inaugural event.
Every FKC school was invited to bring their top five works to represent their school and those pieces were on display at the Viaero Event Center from Wednesday, February 5 until after the FKC championship games on Saturday, February 8. The winners were recognized at halftime of each championship game.
Categories included drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and many more. From the 14 schools represented only five medalists were chosen along with a “Best of Show” for each school.
Overall Medalists FKC 2020:
Best of Show Gold Medal – Sarah Hemmele – Loomis (Photo 1)
1st Runner Up – Abbie Rohde – SEM (Photo 2)
2nd Runner Up – Parker LeFever – Litchfield (Photo 3)
3rd Runner Up – Bryan Fahnholz – Amherst (Photo 4)
4th Runner Up – Samantha Knapp – Elm Creek (Photo 5)
Best of Show for each school:
Ansley – Beauty Ascending – Karlee Stunkel
Amherst – Defiant Spirit – Austyn Rumbeck
Axtell – Seventeen – Gabriella Dahl
Elm Creek – Pixel Earth – Kaleb Manjelko
Elwood – Ying / Yang – Kiera Fulmer
Eustis- Farnam – Deplorable Self Portrait – Caleb Walters
Litchfield – Photograph – Rilee Howard
Loomis – Roller Skate – Emma Larson
Overton – East Bound and Down – Jaylee Davenport
Pleasanton – Heavy Metal – Wyatt Reese
SEM – Sunset in Paradise – Ashley Schroeder
Wilcox-Hildreth – Belle – Juliet Billington