HCS Students Win at State Fair Art Competition

  • The South Carolina State Fair is an annual event held in Columbia every year since 1869. While many people’s thoughts about the state fair are related to its rides, games, and food, it was initially founded as an agricultural event that hosted several farming-related competitions. Over the years, it has also added art competitions to its annual lineup, and several Horry County students submitted their artwork to this year’s fair, which was from October 12–23.

    Students can enter art in the 2D, 3D, and photography categories and compete against other students at their grade level. Each category has a first-, second-, and third-place winner at each grade level and up to 10 honorable mentions. Judges also determine three best-in-show winners in each category: one from the elementary level, one from middle school, and one from high school.

    Best-in-show winners receive an $85 prize, while first-place winners receive between $10 and $25, depending on their grade level.

    Students had to register their artwork through their schools between July 1 and September 1, deliver their art to the fair between September 25 and 27, and wait until October 9 to find out if they won. The fair displayed the winners’ art in an exhibit for fair-goers to view.

    HCS congratulates the 13 students from our district that won, including one from River Oaks Elementary, one from Socastee High, two from Myrtle Beach High, and nine from the Academy for the Arts, Science & Technology (AAST). The winners and their awards are listed below.

2022 State Fair Student Art Winners

    • Andrew Bellah, from AAST
      - Best in Show, high school 3D art

    • Kloe Gregory, from Socastee High
      - First Place, 12th grade 3D art

    • Hailey Moreno, from River Oaks Elementary
      - First Place, 5th grade photography

    • Jackson Penn, from AAST
      - First Place, 12th grade 2D art

    • Ryan Himelright, from AAST
      - Third Place, 11th grade 2D art

    • Lindsey Beam, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 11th grade 2D art

    • Keria Juarez-Becerri, from Myrtle Beach High
      - Honorable Mention, 10th grade photography

    • Katie McCollum, from Myrtle Beach High
      - Honorable Mention, 10th grade 2D art

    • Audrey Minzler, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 12th grade 2D art

    • Emma Moseley, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 12th grade 2D art

    • Lakelyn Phillips, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 12th grade 2D art

    • Hailee Robinson, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 12th grade 2D art

    • Jasmine Rohde, from AAST
      - Honorable Mention, 12th grade 2D art