CFA students win at Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest

Two Cape Fear Academy students placed in the 2019 North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Contest Presented by the Community Foundation of NC East. An additional five students were in the top 15 of their divisions and all seven students’ works will be on display at the Historic Hannah Block USO Building in downtown Wilmington throughout the Azalea Festival weekend.

Artwork by second grader Jessie Garriott

Second grader Jessie Garriott won the Grades K-2 Elementary Division with her painting of an azalea.

CFA Junior Brooke Sanderford is recognized for her 2nd place finish in the High School Division.

CFA junior Brooke Sanderford won 2nd place in the High School Division with her painting that depicts Azalea Belles in the front lawn of the Bellamy Mansion.

Artwork by Brooke Sanderford

The annual art contest showcases the artistic talents of the youth in the Wilmington community. Each year over 300 area public, private, and homeschool elementary, middle school, and high school students submit their artwork to the contest, illustrating the traditions of the North Carolina Azalea Festival that mean the most to them.

The winning artists (and second and third place) in all divisions receive various notable prizes, and some schools are even treated to a visit from the Azalea Festival Official Artist. Top place artists in each division will have their work showcased in the Azalea Festival Souvenir Book, and are invited to Raleigh to attend the Governor’s Press Conference with the Azalea Festival entourage. The Top 15 entries in each division are exhibited during the Azalea Festival at the Community Arts Center in the Historic Hannah Block USO Building. These artists also receive a complimentary ticket to the April Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) production.

The following CFA students’ artwork will be on display at the Historic Hannah Block USO Building for Azalea Festival Weekend:

  • Jessie Garriott, grade 2, First Place K-2 winner
  • Raquel Jones. grade 2
  • Megan Apollonio, grade 5
  • Porter O’Brien, grade 6
  • Cate Broderick, grade 6
  • Lilia Wall, grade 6
  • Brooke Sanderford, grade 11, Second Place High School winner