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Mason Students Recognized at MSUFCU Art Competition

Mason Students Recognized at MSUFCU Art Competition


MASON, MI – Each year Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) holds an Art Exhibit to display and promote student art in the region. Several Mason Public Schools students submitted their works this year for consideration. The competition is voted on by the public and votes can be placed at either the MSUFCU headquarters where the art is on display or online. In addition, there is also a juried competition.

This year the following students were recognized for their artwork:

  • Jayna Bennett (Black and White photo of salt drawing)
    • Second Place Peoples’ Choice Award and $200 cash
    • Juried Honorable Mention and $25 cash
  • Austyn Southwell (Pen and Ink Dragon sketch)
    • Third Place Juried Award and $100 cash
  • Cameron Swanson (Batik Fish)
    • Juried Honorable Mention and $25 cash

Mason High School also received the School Spirit trophy which is awarded for the most votes from visitors and students to the MSUFCU headquarters and on their website.

“It is a joy to work with young artists at Mason High School. I love seeing them stretch their creative muscle, hone skills with materials and focus on design principles. They always surprise me with fresh ideas and how hard they push themselves to be the best they can,” states Jennifer Harrington, Mason Public Schools High School Art Teacher.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Art enhances student learning in a positive way and many opportunities are available throughout the region. Mason Public Schools will continue to offer a wide range of fine arts, performing arts and visual arts to support student achievement.


Mason Public Schools is committed to academic excellence in a safe environment where students develop critical thinking skills, are empowered to succeed and are encouraged to serve their community.