Press Release: AKMA Regional High School Exhibition reveals the next chapter in emerging artistic talent


ST. JOSEPH, MO – February 28, 2022— For more than 40 years the AKMA has been showcasing the talent of high school artists in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. The 2022 Regional High School Exhibition features artwork from 121 students from 19 schools. Works will be on view at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art from Sunday, February 27 to Saturday, April 16, 2022. Artists, peers, family members, and community members are encouraged to attend.  

Participation in the exhibition is by invitation only and students at each school are selected by their teachers to enter. This year, 134 works of art were presented for judging, almost double the number from 2021. Artworks were divided into nine categories and three judges carefully considered and scored each piece. Judges are from the arts community in St. Joseph and selected works for recognition based on technique, innovation, and execution. Awards for first, second, and third place were selected in each category. Some categories included an honorable mention award.  

An opening reception was held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 and a “Best of Show” award was presented along with honors for artists in each category.  

Works were submitted by students at the following schools: 

Benton High School in St. Joseph, MO; 

Bishop Le Blond High School in St. Joseph, MO; 

Breckenridge R-1 High School in Breckenridge, MO; 

Cameron R-I High School in Cameron, MO; 

Central High School in St. Joseph, MO; 

East Buchanan C-1 High School in Gower, MO; 

Hiawatha High School USD 415 in Hiawatha, KS; 

Jefferson C-123 Schools in Conception Junction, MO; 

Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, MO; 

Lathrop High School in Lathrop, MO; 

North Nodaway R-VI High School in Hopkins, MO; 

Park Hill South High School in Riverside, MO; 

Plattsburg High School in Plattsburg, MO; 

Riverside High School USD 114 in Wathena, KS; 

Sabetha High School USD 113 in Sabetha, KS; 

Savannah R-III High School in Savannah, MO; 

Trenton R-9 High School in Trenton, MO; 

Valley Falls USD 338 in Valley Falls, KS; 

West Platte High School in Weston, MO; 

Following its mission, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art aims to enrich the community through the collection and exhibition of visual arts by providing education, creating unique experiences, and nurturing regional artists. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students. Museum members and children under age 6 are free. To become a member, visit For more information about the exhibitions, call 816-233-7003. 

Congratulations to all participants! 

BEST OF SHOW – Samantha Arnold, Boots & Steps, Sabetha High School 

Category I:  PAINTING 
1st Place:  Lyla Vandeqinste, Cityscape Subway, Park Hill South High School 
2nd Place (tie):  Morgan Toedman, Pickles, Sabetha High School 

2nd Place (tie):  Isabella Flaska, Dismission, Central High School 
3rd Place (tie):  Lakyn Leupold, Skin Tones, Hiawatha USD 415 
3rd Place (tie):  Emily Shaw, Lighthouse, Park Hill South High School 

Honorable Mention: Chandler Thomas-Hughes, Lemon Teeth, Lafayette High School 

Honorable Mention: Lily Curley, Making Memories, Lathrop High School 

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Brunner, The man with the Creel, Central High School 

Honorable Mention: Tony Addington, Wall of Graffitti, Park Hill South High School 
1st Place: Maiya Smith, Willow, Central High School 
2nd Place (tie):  Chloe Menold, Untitled, Sabetha High School 

2nd Place (tie):  Hayley Brown, Courage, Benton High School 
3rd Place (tie):  Madison Elmore, Pensive, West Platte High School 

3rd Place (tie):  Amelia Brown, The White Moon, Valley Falls USD 338 
Honorable Mention:  Lauren Dittmer, Untitled, Park Hill South High School 

1st Place:  Chloe Chapman, A Taste of Strawberry, Lathrop High School 
2nd Place:  Anna Bowen Marshall, Evan, Park Hill South High School 

3rd Place:  Levi Fleagle, Blip, Hiawatha USD 415 

Honorable Mention: Dalymar Colon-Ortiz, Self Portrait, Park Hill South High School 
1st Place (tie): Bren Mayers, Daydream, Lathrop High School 

1st Place (tie): Nathan Bash, Tiger, Plattsburg High School 

1st Place (tie): Maggie Collins, Eye of the Tiger, Jefferson C-123 High School 
2nd Place (tie):  Paige Deka, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk, Benton High School 

2nd Place (tie):  Jaclyn Pappert, Remember When, Jefferson C-123 High School 

3rd Place: Olivia Martinez, Spirit of Wisdom, Park Hill South High School 

1st Place: Makayla Trout, Unlaced, Lathrop High School 
2nd Place: Zoey Benedict, Gaze Beyond, Savannah High School 

3rd Place: Chloe Wattenbarger, Reflection, Riverside USD 114 

Honorable Mention: Kobe Davis, Abstract Globe, Riverside USD 114 

Category VI:  2-D MIXED MEDIA 
1st Place (tie): Madison Elmore, EFFERVESCENCE, West Platte High School 

1st Place (tie): Miranda Whalen, Birth of Venus Mosaic, West Platte High School 
2nd Place (tie):  Deejay Gaw, A Collaboration, Park Hill South High School 
2nd Place (tie):  Shay Westerhof, Behind the Heartbreak, Trenton R-9 High School 
3rd Place:   Lainey Hollis, The Beauty of Alcohol, Benton High School 

Category VII:  CERAMICS 
1st Place:  Kate Sanders, Layered Earthenware Stone Vase, Bishop LeBlond 
2nd Place: Emeline Sampson, Spirit Vessel of Cana, Central High School 

3rd Place (tie):  Renee Postma, Untitled, Park Hill South High School 

3rd Place (tie):  Grant Smith, Untitled, Park Hill South High School 

Honorable Mention: MaKenzie Castle-Wallace, Geometric Triptic, Central High School 

Honorable Mention: Hope Smith, Fishbowl, Bishop LeBlond 

Honorable Mention: Sailor Bodenhausen, Genie Lamp, Savannah High School 

1st Place:  Abby Tolbert, Morning Stretch, Savannah High School 
2nd Place:  Broc Studer, Pointy Rose, Riverside USD 114 
3rd Place (tie):  Ailee Lindsay, Wolf, Hiawatha USD 415 

3rd Place (tie): Alissa Miller, Elemental Evolution, Central High School 

Honorable Mention: Kaycie Wilmes, Toby, Savannah High School 

1st Place:  Kaycie Wilmes , Self-Portrait in Warms, Savannah High School 
2nd Place: Ty’Saun Kirby, Ready to Let Go, Riverside USD 114 
3rd Place (tie):  Nehemiah Billups, Oscurita, Riverside USD 114 

3rd Place (tie): Landon Conard, Colored Perception, Riverside USD 114 

About AKMA: A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art from the Colonial period to the present.  The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.  A wide variety of special programs complement the museum’s collection, including temporary exhibitions, art classes, gallery talks, and special events. 


Media Inquiries: 

Jill Carlson 

Marketing & Communications Manager 

(816) 233-7003 

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art 

2818 Frederick Ave.  

Saint Joseph, MO 64506 

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Related Exhibitions & Events: 

  • Returning/Belonging: Artworks by Benjamin Parks and Kathy Liao, on view January 15 – April 16, 2022 


  • AKMA After Hours – in March: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. FREE and open to the public. 


  • Slow Art Day: Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM 


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