Geir’s ‘exceptional’ art earns top recognition; Jackson places third

Lancaster Middle School eighth-grader Victoria Ray O’Shaughnessy Geier recently won first place in the Tidewater Region of the Virginia School Boards Association Art Contest.

Yearly, schools are invited to enter one exceptional piece of art to be viewed with others of the same age category and are judged based on artistic merit, reported LMS art teacher Marilyn Sprouse.

Geier’s stunning work of sisters using pencil and watercolor is unique and was appreciated, said Sprouse. The piece will be framed and displayed on a rotation basis in the offices of the Secretary of Education/State Superintendent and the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) through the year.

All winning pieces will be affixed with an engraved plate and will be returned at the 2020 VSBA Art Contest competition. For the first time ever, an anonymous donor will be granting all first-place winners a $100 savings bond.

Meanwhile, Lancaster Primary School second-grader Scarlett Jackson placed third, reported Sprouse. Jackson will have her art returned with a ribbon and certificate before school ends this year.

Both students will be recognized at an upcoming Lancaster school board meeting.