Star City High School students recently competed at the Arkansas Young Artists Association Competition and Convention held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock where John Elrod, a sophomore, won 2nd place in the pen and ink abstract category at the statewide competition.

Other students who competed in the state level competition include, Maddie Anders, 9th grade; Kade Carter, 9th grade; MacKenzie Kimball, 9th grade; Veoshia Muldrow, 9th grade; Kimbreunna Turner, 9th grade; Arista Wilkerson, 9th grade; Kalub Byrne, 10th grade; Daijah DeLoach, 10th grade; Alee Dewease, 10th grade; Jaterra Early, 10th grade; Autumn Jackson, 10th grade; Alexia Lams, 10th grade; Amber West, 10th grade; Brittney Bostian, 11th grade; Daniela Gonzalez, 11th grade; Maryann Gossage, 11th grade; Laterriuna Hill, 11th grade; Josh Montgomery, 11th grade; Kaitlyn Nicholson, 11th grade; Madeline Nix, 11th grade; Britney Smith, 11th grade; Dee Williams, 11th grade; Madelann Cash, 12th grade; Dillon Cullins, 12th grade; Andy Magana, 12th grade; Courtney Malone, 12th grade; Tevon Moore, 12th grade; Cade Phillips, 12th grade; Sara Tipton, 12th grade; and Hailey West, 12th grade.

The students are under the instruction of Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High.

The Arkansas Young Artists Association (AYAA) is a state-wide organization of high school students enrolled in grades 9th through 12th. The mission of AYAA is to encourage the visual arts in Arkansas students through professional speakers, competitions and exhibition.

The main focus of the AYAA organization is the annual spring convention and competition. The competition this year included over 1300 students from schools across the state.