Local students come out on top in art contests

Patti Carpenter

Lovell High School students Dino Delacruz and Rudy Hall collaborated to win the U.S. Army Recruiting Office ceiling contest this year. Rocky Mountain High School students Charlee Welling and Leah May worked together to create an artfully painted ceiling tile, taking a third-place win.

The contest required tile designs that emphasize the slogan “Be All You Can Be,” which was recently resurrected as part of the Army’s recruiting campaign.

The contest has been held annually for four years by the U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Cody and is open to high school students in the Big Horn Basin. According to contest organizer SFC Thomas Hulbert of the Big Horn Recruiting Company in Cody the ceiling tiles will be on display in the Cody recruiting office until the ceiling runs out of space.

“We started this a different way to reach out to the kids and for them to learn about the army,” said Hulbert. “It’s a way for them to think about what the army is all about.”

The LHS students brought home a traveling trophy for this first-place win. The RMHS students won U.S. Army T-shirts. Six schools participated in the contest this year. Hulbert said most of the schools in the Big Horn Basin have participated at one time or another. This is the second time Lovell students took a first-place win. Rocky Mountain High School students have placed in the top three a few times.

Lovell students also took first, second and third place in the Big Horn County Fair book cover design contest. Its theme was “Ticket to Fair-a-dise.” The first-place artwork will be used on the cover for this year’s fair book; the second and third place winning artwork will be featured in the book, too. Rocco Rael took first place in the contest, Celeste Lindsay took second, and Hannity Felkins took third.