Dozens of art students were honored on Monday at the 32nd Annual Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County Arts Awards Luncheon.
For the past four months, a panel of judges have looked at 30 pieces per school in the county and judged them. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were then chosen and the top winners qualified for the Georgia Kiwanis District Art Contest, a state-wide competition.
Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Art Competition Chair Ann Owen says this is a way to continue encouraging students to remain in the arts, a subject that is often cut due to budget restrictions.
Owen says art is important because it not only gives students a break from their regular academics to express themselves, but it helps them to do well in their other classes as well.
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