Roger Darren High; Bhakti Oza from Sargent Art, Emily Patrick, and Emily’s mother Jennifer Patrick

Roger Darren High; Bhakti Oza from Sargent Art, Emily Patrick, and Emily’s mother Jennifer Patrick

Star City High School 2016 graduate Emily Patrick recently returned from her all-expenses paid trip to New York City for winning the Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest.

She and her art teacher, Star City High School Roger Darren High, were recognized at special awards banquet in NYC that included a cake created by Carlo’s Bake Shop from the television series “Cake Boss”. The grand prize winners of the Youth Art Month Flag Design Contests from other states were also recognized at the banquet.

Patrick, her mother Jennifer, and High received the all-expenses paid trip to New York City provided by national art supply company Sargent Art.

“We would like to thank Sargent Art for this wonderful experience,” Patrick said. “We were treated like family.”

During the trip, the group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, The Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Financial District, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Strawberry Fields, Zuccotti Park, and attended a performance of the Broadway show “The Lion King”.

“The Lion King was the highlight of the trip,” said Patrick.

This was the third year for Arkansas to participate in Sargent Art’s contest to win a trip to New York City. The previous winners were from El Dorado and Beebe, although the Beebe parent and student declined to participate in the trip. This was the first year that Star City High School entered the contest.

“The entire staff of Sargent Art, especially Bhakti Oza, went above and beyond to provide all participants with a memorable and educational experience,” said High. “It is always great when art education is given the attention and respect that it deserves.”

Patrick’s design was previously made into a flag that was on display at the Old State House during Youth Art Month in March and had previously been displayed at the National Art Educators conference in Chicago.