Three Melissa High School art students traveled to San Marcos to compete in the 2018 UIL State Art Competition. This marked the school’s first showing at a state art competition and the first time two art students would return with state medals.


Haley Bass, Riley Morrow and Clayton Vaughan began their art pieces last December. They were selected in February as state finalists at the regional competition, where schools from the 1A through 6A divisions were represented.


From there the students became the first from Melissa High School to advance to state in art. At the state competition on Saturday, April, 28, Bass and Vaughan received state medals and Vaughan received a perfect score.


Haley Bass


Haley Bass, a sophomore, created her art piece using graphite and colored pencil on white watercolor paper. She chose to draw her little sister for her project.


“I admire my sister’s confidence,” Bass said, adding that she aimed for the piece to come across as pure and natural. The only color found in her artwork is in the center frame. “I used symbols for what is natural. Her eyes represent the earth.”


Riley Morrow


Riley Morrow, a freshman, created an intricate embroidered design on fabric based on a photo of her dog that passed away.


The students chose which art media to use for their competition piece. Art teacher Julie Cruce says that Morrow was her first student to ever select embroidery.


Clayton Vaughan


Clayton Vaughan, a freshman, created a self-portrait based on a picture of himself that he took by a window.


“I wanted to accentuate the light and I added the doves to convey a sense of hope and peace,” Vaughan said. For his piece, Vaughan used pastels on black paper.


The state competition featured an awards ceremony and a student art exhibit. The students also attended art workshops in the areas of ink splotting, drawing, casting and embroidery.


These art pieces will be displayed among other Melissa High School artwork at the Melissa Schools Home Office throughout the month of May, located at 1904 Cooper Street.