“Off the Wall” Exhibit showcases PWCS student talent
Posted on 01/20/2022
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The following student-artists from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) are winners and those featured in the 18th Off the Wall art exhibit and competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin and hosted by the ARTfactory in Manassas. This competition encourages student expression and creativity in a professional setting. PWCS high school students shared their talents in the areas of visual art, poetry, wearable art*, and a STEAM-influenced category: art and technology. Each category is judged by a professional in that field.

*This year, judging for the Wearable Art category will take place on a separate date at the gallery. The first-place design will be announced by the end of January.

Congratulations to the PWCS students who placed in this year’s Off the Wall art exhibit:

Category - Visual Arts:

  • First place: Michelle Nguyen, “Still, the Lotus Blooms,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
  • Second place: Franz Villarroel, “Hands!” Gainesville High School
  • Third place: Gabriela Molina Otaiza, “Peony,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
Category - Art & Technology (3D prints and digital designs):
  • First place: Reagan Hull, “Storybook Dragon,” Forest Park High School

Category – Poetry:

  • First place: Luna Holst, “When Poets Create,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
  • Second place: Phoenix Mingo, “A One and For Sea, Me,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
  • Third place: Mia Fernandez, “River of Thought,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
  • Honorable mention: Aidan Sadler, “Only Everything,” Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School

The exhibit included all those who were chosen to compete and display their work at this event. Congratulations to these PWCS participants:

Emily Spittle, Brentsville District High School, 11th grade
Isabel Kinney, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Abigail Dixon, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Lizzy Pighini, Patriot High School, 12th grade
Alyssa Balangue, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Reagan Hull, Forest Park, 11th grade
Nessa Sims, Osbourn Park, 11th grade
Madeline Knight, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Maggie Horan, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Neda Akgun, Gainesville, 11th grade
Tram-Anh Truong, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Gabriela Molina Otaiza, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 10th grade
Cam Franklin, Osbourn Park, 12th grade
Julia Parker, Woodbridge, 12th grade
Lilly Divack, Colgan, 12th grade
Elle Hering, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Melate Taye, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Chloe Small Johnson, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Andorai Frising, Gainesville, 11th grade
Christiana Singson, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Jessica Martinez, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Janya Choudhary, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Sophie Monseur, Osbourn Park, 11th grade
Tim Bui, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Amarah Perkins, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Jai Park, Gainesville, 10th grade
Lauren Daszynski, Forest Park, ninth grade
Michele Nguyen, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Luna Holst, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Ariana Fernandez, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade
Franz Villarroel, Gainesville, 11th grade
Hui Shan Yang, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 11th grade
Ricky Kaewmek, Gainesville, ninth grade
Grace Seidl, Gainesville, ninth grade
Emmanuel Musngi, Gainesville, 11th grade
Emily Lowther, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, 12th grade