Georgetown County’s got talent.

The proof lives in over 400 young artists who were honored Monday evening at the Georgetown County School District’s 38th annual Superintendent’s Art Awards Ceremonies. Using student-crafted pottery, paintings, drawings, baskets, and up-cycled folk art, the district’s art teachers transformed the Georgetown High School cafeteria into a festive gallery for the public to peruse.

Down the hallway, in the Thomas I. McInville auditorium, Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier and the Georgetown County School Board members welcomed the elementary, middle and high school students who had created the artwork. In the presence of family and friends, each student who attended was called to the stage and presented with an art entry award from their teacher and school principal, then congratulatedby members of the school board.

The McInville Award for the elementary level went to Leeah Young of Maryville Elementary for her work titled “Under the Sea.” Herbie Washington from Waccamaw Elementary was awarded in the Elementary Special Category 2019 —Animals — for his work titled “King of the Jungle.” First place prizes went to Gracyn Carnahan, Maris Russell, and Asiah McFadden; second place prizes went to Raylin Childress, Travis Knox and Rowyn Trevathan. Third place went to Willow Keith, Dana Wilson, and Tyler Bryant. The work of Elizabeth Haddock, John Paul McCracken, Hayden Schumacher, and Nicolas Hernandez received Honorable Mentions.

The middle and high school ceremony began in similar fashion, allowing the younger children and their families to view the labyrinth of exhibits and to take pictures in the Joe Isaacs Student Center. Tiffany Chavez, an eighth-grader from Waccamaw Middle School took home two awards: one for designing the evening’s program-cover and one for the Carolyn Greene award.

“I’m very grateful and I’m very surprised,” said Chavez afterward, standing beside her mother and her art teacher, Nonie Carraway Reese.

“The kids worked hard all year and did a fantastic job,” said Reese. “I’m so proud of them.”

An eighth-grader from Georgetown Middle, Jaelyn Espinoza Frazier, won the T-shirt Design Award and Lily Lashway, a seventh-grader also from Georgetown Middle won the Joseph Hayes award.

First place awards went to Makayla Javoroski, Marlee Lord, Maren Gasper, and Scarlett Van Bloem. Receiving second place awards were Skylar Lombard, Elissa Reckdenwald and Heaven Lambert. Third place awards were presented to Emily Seitter, Sierra Bond and Pierce Mullen. Gina Hardee, Walker McKenzie, Joshua Earle and Norah Hoppe all received Honorable Mentions for their work.

The Middle/High Special Category 2019 — Animals — prize was awarded to Waccamaw Middle School eighth-grader Zechariah Dietz for his creation titled “Sir Clucks-a Lot.”

In the midst of helping art student Evelyn Bello demonstrate her upcycled “Robutt” made out of old audio cassettes and their cases, teacher Shalane Lynch commented on the quality of work she brought from Andrews High School this year.

“I was super-impressed with how independently they worked. They all had grand ideas and they all went through with it — making their vision come true.” This year marks Lynch’s 13th annual art awards ceremony — on top of the ones she participated in as an Andrews High art student.

Sixth-grade winner Makayla Javorski from Waccamaw Intermediate School also took a moment to reflect, holding her plaque and posing next to her insightful “Word Value Illustration,” a drawing that intertwined words into the strokes.

“It feels nice to be able to share my picture with everyone here,” the young artist said.