Wooster Students Display Artwork at Wayne County Junior High Exhibition

(March 7, 2019) – Students from Wooster City School District’s (WCSD) Edgewood Middle School and eighth graders from Wooster High School recently showcased their artwork at the Wayne County Junior High Exhibition, which features the artistic talents of seventh and eighth-grade artists from nine school districts.

The exhibition, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 14 at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, invites each district to submit 25 art pieces from junior high students. The artwork selected typically demonstrate a high level of craftmanship, creativity and oftentimes extra work outside of the classroom.

In addition to Edgewood Middle School, the eight school districts that entered student artwork in the exhibition’s competition included: Chippewa Middle School, Dalton Middle School, Green Middle School, John R. Lea Middle School, Northwestern Middle School, Norwayne Middle School, Orrville Middle School and Rittman Middle School. 

Edgewood art teachers Dawn Blattel and Katelyn Freday, along with Wooster High School visual art teacher Tricia Nussbaum, worked together to select and professionally prepare the artwork for the show. 

For the last three years, Blattel has volunteered to host the exhibition’s judges at Wayne Center for the Arts. The judges, who are visual arts educators from outside districts, look for elevated craftsmanship, innovative concepts and unique choice making with the media or method. 

Of the nine districts, 10 of Wooster City Schools’ 25 art pieces received awards. Only 50 total ribbons were awarded to students from the nine Wayne County districts. The following students placed in their respective categories:

  • Black and White Drawing: First Place – Liya Underwood (Grade 7); Second Place – Sophia Misel (Grade 8); Honorable Mention – Audrey Miller (Grade 8);
  • Mixed Media: Third Place – Brenna Huffman (Grade 8); Honorable Mention – Katelynn Weltlich (Grade 7);
  • Printmaking: Third Place – Dylan Hudson (Grade 7); Honorable Mention – Landyn Williams (Grade 7);
  • Clay Sculpture: First Place – Ivy Ray (Grade 7);
  • Sculpture: Honorable Mention – Emily Cloar (Grade 7); and
  • Crafts: First Place – Kylie Long and Maggie Ozar (Grade 7).


“Being selected to compete at the Wayne County Junior High art show is an honor,” said Blattel. “These 25 exemplary artworks are created by Wooster’s hardworking creative problem solvers, and their artistic mastery is evident from start to finish in each creation.”

The students’ artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts until the awards reception takes place on March 14 at 7 p.m.

Wooster City Schools will also showcase artwork from talented student artists at Wooster’s upcoming Fine Arts Festival on April 6 in the high school commons.

“Congratulations to all of the students who displayed their wonderful art pieces at the Wayne County Junior High Exhibition,” said Brad Warner, Edgewood Middle School Principal. “We strive to give students the opportunity to explore both their academic and creative talents while in school, and these types of competitions are a great way to showcase the top-quality artistic abilities of Wooster students.”