After receiving regional awards this spring, two students from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics were selected for honorable mentions in the statewide 43rd annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.

Maria Schaljo was honored for “Submerged.” Her teacher is Crystal Zeller. Natalie Farness was honored for “The Unsung Hero.” Zeller also is Farness’ teacher. Their work can be viewed on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website.

The winners are selected by OSPI, the Washington Art Education Association, Gov. Jay Inslee, State Board of Education, Professional Educators Standards Board, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State School Directors’ Association and Association of Washington School Principals.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn believes the arts are essential. “I’m consistently impressed by the quality of the work we see at the art show every year,” he said. “The arts are an important part of developing the whole child. We must make sure students have access to the kind of experiences that help them develop all their skills.”