High school seniors visualize future, secure scholarships at mural competition

Hastings College hosted 130 students from 21 different high schools for the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center’s Mini Mural Competition on Wednesday, September 28. Each group designed a four foot by eight foot mural to fit the theme of “Tattoos: Past and Present.”  

Participants had three hours to work with their classmates to create with paint the collaborative piece of artwork. The competition was judged by Hastings College senior art major Kirsten Berns and master of arts in teaching students Kyle Beaman and Lauren Shomaker Hewitt.

Kearney High School claimed first place with a mural featuring a koi fish, among other classical tattoo designs. York and Sandy Creek high schools place second and third, respectively. (See images below.) The top three teams each received an original glass vase created by Art Professor Tom Kreager, and all schools were allowed to keep their finished mural to hang in their high school.

Several high school seniors who attended the Mini Mural Competition also submitted portfolios for scholarship consideration. Portfolios were reviewed by faculty and Hastings College scholarships from the Art Department were awarded to 21 students, shown below.

  • Elm Creek — Faith Gunderson and McKenzia Deyo
  • Gibbon — Madison Roblyer, Mauricio Martinez and Ruby Guzman
  • Gothenburg — Ana Meisinger, Kassandra DeBoer, Kylie Koehler, Morgan Miller and Taylor Rossell
  • Hastings High — Jewllyan Dettman, Jordan Ismaiel, McKenna Lamoree and Alexandria Melroy
  • Sandy Creek — Addison Kuta and Barbara Rodriguez
  • St. Cecilia (Hastings) — Lucy Skoch
  • St. Paul — Cydney White and Joelle Derner
  • Thayer Central — Grace Brinegar and Kaila Barr

The event was coordinated by adjunct art professor Christine Brown of Blue Hill, Nebraska.

Kearney High School placed first at the mini Mural Competition at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center with their collaborative interpretation of


York High School's mural, showing diversity and unity, took second place in the Mini Mural Competition.


Sandy Creek High School rounded out the top three placers with their mural for the Mini Mural Competition at the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center.

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