Exceptional Student, Star Educator awarded Mayor’s Arts Awards

From press release

Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) honored the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Family Arts Festival Sunday, March 13, at Riverfront Museum Park.

Awards for Exceptional Student of the Arts honoring a high school-aged student’s artistic talent and community involvement in the arts during the student’s high school years and Star Educator honoring an educator, specialist or instructor who has enriched lives, inspired excellence, introduced children to the arts or expanded opportunities for children to learn through the arts were presented.

RAAC has honored Exceptional Student Winston Wernsing Cuevas (Guilford High School) and Star Educator Rebecca Pelley (Guilford High School) as the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients.

Winston Wernsing Cuevas won second-place honors in the 2011 Rock Valley College Juried High School Art Show and won “Best of Show” at the Rockford Art Museum’s Young Artist Show (High School Division), where his work is on display through April 3. He has recently been accepted into the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

Pelley frequently receives letters, calls and messages from past students who tell her she was “that teacher, their favorite teacher, the one” who most changed and inspired them during and beyond high school art classes.

From the March 16-22, 2011, issue

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