Rumbaoa wins 'best in show' at BHS art show

The Boonville High School art department held an art show, Friday in the school gym. Students worked all year on different projects and submitted their best pieces to be judged by Penny Brown, a retired art teacher from New Franklin.
"Every year, I usually try to get an art teacher from the local area to have them come here and judge the art. This year's judge, Penny Brown, was actually my art teacher when I was in high school," BHS Art Director Helen Sanders said.
Students from grades 9-12 displayed their art, including the use of mulitple media such as clay, paint, glass, yarn and even duct tape. The Best in Show Award was awarded to senior Michaela Rumbaoa for her dress made from duct tape.
"The dress is a project I've been wanting to do for years, and I finally got the chance to do it this year. It is made entirely of duct tape and I've spent about 50 hours making it. There is still work to be done on it, but I'm very pleased with it so far," Rumbaoa said.
Sanders was also thrilled to see Rumbaoa win best in show.
"She has been planning it for a very long time, so I was excited when she finally started making it," Sanders said.
Winning a first place ribbon on her cardboard loom project, freshman Taylor Ellebracht brought along her parents to view the art show.
"I was proud to earn my a first place ribbon on my project! It was nice to be rewarded for something I love to do," Ellebracht said.
Not only could you veiw the art, but you could purchase it too. Some art work sold for $30 while others sold for as much as $150. Senior  Lauren Friedrich sold her art project for $150 and then made a duplicate she sold for $100. Friedrich recreated the Mizzou Tiger logo using pieces of broken mirror. She then mounted the pieces onto a frame and outlined them with glitter to make it glimmer.
Student teacher Ms. Pigg has been helping the art students for a few weeks and has enjoyed watching the students flourish through their art.
"I have enjoyed my stay here and I have been getting a lot of great ideas from the students. I love to see the student's interest show through their art work. I have my Master's in textile and fabricart, so my favorite projects are those that include weaving and yarn. I also loved the advance art projects were they created under the sea art using two medias of art using drawings and then recreating them in ceramic," Pigg said.