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Central Kansas Prairie League artists awarded $1,600 in BCC scholarships
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From left: Rhian Collins of St. John-Hudson, Jessica Gabel of LaCrosse, Barton Community College Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek, Austin Schwindt and Colby Foos of Western Plains-Ransom pose for a photo, Thursday in the Shafer Gallery. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Area high school students presented their artwork in a juried exhibit in the Shafer Gallery on Thursday, April 26, with the top three award winners receiving scholarships from the Barton Foundation during Central Kansas Prairie League Art Day at Barton Community College.
Students also spent time on campus in art workshops that covered a variety of topics and listened to a talk by Gallery Director David Barnes.  Art instructors on campus served as the jurors for the exhibit.
The Best of Show Award went to Jessica Gabel of LaCrosse for her entry entitled “Gorilla.”
The Best of Show 3-D Award was given to Austin Schwindt, Colby Foos  and Sam Rivera of Western Plains-Ransom for their entry “Red Chevy.”
The Best of Show 2-D Award was given to Rhian Collins of St. John-Hudson for her work “Roots.”
Each winner was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Barton Foundation and each member of the 3-D award winning team was awarded a $200 scholarship.
Central Kansas Prairie League Day included high schools from Central Plains, Kinsley, LaCrosse, Macksville, Ness City, Otis-Bison, St. John, Victoria, and West Plains-Ransom.