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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

2016 “The Color of Music” art contest winners from Bells Elementary are announced

The Top 3 winners from each grade level at Bells Elementary School have been announced! The artwork

done by these students will represent BES against some tough competition from all over West

Tennessee in “The Color of Music” art contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Jackson.

This is the 19th annual contest and the second year for Bells students. Each year, the Orchestra League

puts together the event wherein students listen to musical selections played and recorded by the JSO,

and then design two-dimensional pieces of visual art to “interpret” the music.

Fifth grade Top 3 winners are: Kara Beth Kelley, Joseph O’Donnell, and Tierra Jelks. Fourth grade Top 3

winners are: Maddyx Clagg, Memory Utley, and Kyla Phillips. Third grade Top 3 winners are: Lily Riley,

Carol Anne Horner, and Liana Mulyana. Second grade Top 3 winners are: Darcy Puffer, Addie Dunn, and

Bailey Powell. First grade Top 3 winners are: Rachel Crossnoe, Tyler Pinkston, and Deanna Bond. And

finally, the Kindergarten Top 3 winners are: Grace Goode, Gracelyn Watkins, and Betzy Gonzalez. Top 3

(and Top 10) winners are in no particular order. Top 10 from fifth grade includes: Alexis Jenkins, Kaeden

Sweat, Danaysha Lawson, Nikki Razo, Kylan Jelks, Alejandra Cordova, and Darian Binns. Top 10 from

fourth grade include: Megan McCall, Carmen Jelks, Brooklyn Haynes, Leyla Silva, Olivia Gardner, Braxton

Knez, and Sujey Zurita. Third grade Top 10 includes: Darius Johnson, Hunter Brisentine, Alan Lopez,

John Mayfield, Niesha Ratliff, Santiago Santos, and Shatirra Reid. Top 10 from second grade includes:

Scarlett Parks, Makenna Cole, Riley Turner, Ava Bruton, Lorilyn Pollock, Carrington Smith, and Colin

Pentz. First grade Top 10 includes: Jake Brown, Alvinya Harris, Kaylei Porter, Kristofer Phillips, Devon

Ramey, Sarah Breland, and River Riggs. And lastly, the Kindergarten Top 10 finishers are: Leah Knight,

Jocelyn Garza, Ladarius Rowan, Sophie Green, Sulay Garcia, Daniel Nunez, and Ava Arnold.

All top three students from each grade level will be invited to go on a field trip on March 11th to enjoy

the Jackson Symphony Orchestra as they play and discuss the music to which the students painted. This

event is free to “Color of Music” participants thanks to the generosity of the JSO. Parents of these

winning students should receive a letter with all the details and a permission slip to return asap.

This project was implemented at BES by TN Artist-in-Residence, Paige Joyner who visited the school for a

week of visual art instruction. “I am so excited about the artwork from the Bells students,” says Mrs.

Joyner, “there are some very strong pieces competing from this group.” Mrs. Brittney Hill, BES music

teacher assisted throughout the week as we “took over” her music room with watercolor paper and


A team of local and out-of-town judges helped select the Top 10 and Top 3 from BES. Mrs. Joyner

assures, “I always choose visual artists, musicians, singers, and arts patrons to award points to each of

top pieces without seeing any names. They also listen to the musical selections as they view the work.

No one knows who the winners are until I put the names on the paperwork. “

The Top Three students’ artwork from each grade level will be sent to the JSO offices in Jackson this

week to be judged with work from hundreds of students from all over West Tennessee. More awards

will be given including several Honorable Mention and Blue Ribbons. These ribbon winners will be given

a t-shirt. Awards will be presented at a ceremony and reception with snacks and punch on Saturday,

March 12, at 1:00 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson. The artwork will also be hanging on

the walls of the front lobby all day. One winner from each age bracket (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) will be chosen

for special awards, professional framing, inclusion in next year’s brochure and a cash prize, and finally

one painting will be awarded the “Maestro Award” for capturing the overall spirit of the competition


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