GUERNSEY--Last summer, a Guernsey-Sunrise student had her art work displayed in the Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne. This year, it will be an even more personal experience as senior Lakin Reichert’s colore-pencil drawing entitled “Respect” will be hanging in the Governor’s mansion during the month of July.
Lakin’s entry was one of 20 winners in the Western Governor’s “Celebrate the West” regional art competition for high school students. Winners were selected from 450 entries that came in from the 19 WGA member states and Guam. Students were challenged to create two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state.
Lakin will be recognized for her achievement at the Governor’s mansion by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on July 23rd.
Each state winner is also awarded a $200 scholarship. Each entrant was required to submit a written explanation of the inspiration for their artwork.
Lakin’s submission read in part, “When I moved to Wyoming nine years ago, I found a deeper understanding for the Native American culture. Wyoming is known for the tribes that have lived and are currently living on the reservations. This piece represents how the Natives have always respected what Mother Earth provided for their tribes. Being part Native American, this piece shows a part of my family history which is the ultimate source of inspiration.”
To view all of the winners in the competition, go to the Western Governor’s Association website link at: http://westgov.org/celebrate-the-west/2018-competition