McCarthy earns Henderson Scholarship

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
Hannah McCarthy’s art titled “Decay.”

GLEN ROSE — Glen Rose art student Hannah McCarthy competed in the UIL VASE State Competition in late April with her work titled “Decay,” a portrayal of mental health, and she was awarded the Dr. Jim Henderson Memorial Scholarship.

Henderson was one of the founding members of VASE, and his wife, Lee Henderson, created the scholarship in his honor.

A total of 21 students participated in UIL VASE Competition this year with 18 scoring the highest possible rating of a 4, and three scored a 3. Allie Shamburger, McCarthy, Akeysha King, Natalie Dollar and Hannah Balkenbush had the perfect scores and were considered for the state competition with McCarthy getting the nod for state.

Glen Rose art and graphic design instructor Laura Veno said all the regional entries receiving a rating IV-Superior qualified for the state jury process where only 10% are selected for state. Veno said the jurors are allowed one vote for each artwork in a division for each artwork selected for advancement. The artworks receiving the majority of votes advanced.

The state competition was held virtually at UT-Arlington.

In other events, Mary Young was awarded as a selected artist for the 2020 Drexel University (National) Photography Competition, and she was also honorable mention in Mixed Media at the UNT Health Science 2021 Art Exhibit. At the same event, Mason Evert placed first in Painting, and Avery Schmidt placed third in Photography.

Veno also said GRISD art students completed many community projects this year, including the murals at the brand-new Sexton Mill, a public service interactive announcement addressing social media issues for students and the painted rocks filling the beds in front of the elementary school.

At the Glen Rose’s District Art Show earlier this month, hosted by Barnard's Mill the following students earned awards:


• 1st Place: Clara Thompson

• 2nd Place: Brooklynn Vara

• 3rd Place: Lilly Crisp


• 1st Place: Mary Young

• 2nd Place: Madison Lopez

• 3rd Place: Samantha Hinastroza


• 1st Place: Natalie Dollar

• 2nd Place: Abby Stephenson

• 3rd Place: Clara Thompson

Mixed Media

• 1st Place: Mary Young

• 2nd Place: Lee Martin

• 3rd Place: Clara Thompson


• 1st Place: Lee Martin

• 2nd Place: Jilian Ferguson

• 3rd Place: Gina Clary 

Black and White

• 1st Place: Shruti Bagale

• 2nd Place: Caleb Sprayberry

• 3rd Place: Mason Evert


• 1st Place: Hannah Carter

• 2nd Place: Presley Roberts & Stevi Martinez

• 3rd Place: Jovani Flores, Eisen Rodriguez-Sanchez, & Sam Garland

Color Graphics

• 1st Place Aiden Gartrell

• 2nd Place: Mattison Young

• 3rd Place: Lee Martin