By Amy Baty
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance would like to thank the sponsors and volunteers that made the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest—held at the Fort Walton Beach Landing May 21—a success.
The OAA also thanks all of the Okaloosa County School students that participated in the seventh annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. Although we were not able to make everyone a first place winner, all 230 entries were on display at the fest.
Participating schools included Rocky Bayou Christian School, Crestview High School, Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Wright Elementary School, Cinco Christian School, Edge Elementary and Youth Village. Each first place winner received a $75 gift card, generously donated by Eglin Federal Credit Union. Each second place winner received a $50 gift card from the Destin and Mary Esther Target stores. Third place winners snagged $25 gift cards from the Crestview, Destin and Niceville Walmart stores.
The winners were announced at the May 21 event. Congrats to all.
ELEMENTARY – K THROUGH GRADE 4
First Place: Kate Platt, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Second Place: Luci Schrand, Edge Elementary School.
Third Place: Susan Fajardo, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Honorable Mention: Clara Farnsworth, Liza Jackson Preparatory School; and Natalie Sansom, Cinco Christian School.
MIDDLE – GRADES 5 THROUGH 7
First Place: Jessica Fortenberry, Rocky Bayou Christian School.
Second Place: Riley Braden, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Third Place: Olin Wolfgram, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Honorable Mention: Ethan Farnsworth, Wright Elementary; Kaitlyn Osborn, Hannah Farnsworth, Emily Kim and Kenna Krispon, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
HIGH SCHOOL – GRADES 8 THROUGH 12
First Place: Spencer Peugh, Crestview High School.
Second Place: Echo Yang, Rocky Bayou Christian School.
Third Place: Journey Washington, Liza Jackson Preparatory School.
Honorable Mention: Lekueta Matatia and Katie Wagner, Crestview High School; Samuel Brunais and Lux Huang, Rocky Bayou Christian School; Lexi Bobb, Liza Jackson Preparatory School
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) is the designated nonprofit arts agency for Okaloosa County. The purpose of OAA is to support and promote art and culture in Okaloosa County. The OAA enhances the cultural environment of its community, and promotes, coordinates, and nurtures high quality arts and cultural resources that enrich the lives of residents and visitors.
The OAA is supported in part by the Florida Department of State and from Arts auto license tag revenues but could not exist without its members and community support. Go to okaloosaarts.org for more information.