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PHS students to compete in HLSR Quick Draw contest

Quick Draw Finalists        Two Pearland High School ninth-graders, Chelsea Tran and Diana Tunstall, were recently selected as finalists to represent Pearland ISD in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quick Draw Contest to be held at NRG Center on Saturday, January 11.

       Like barrel racing in the rodeo arena, the Quick Draw Contest is a competition against the clock. Each contestant is given an 11-inch-by-14-inch piece of paper to sketch their masterpiece in 50 minutes.

       The contest is open to over 60 school districts in the Houston area and it is split into two divisions, with 26 finalists in each: still life drawings for junior high and portrait or full-figure for high school. Diana Tunstall will be competing in full figure and Chelsea Tran will be competing in portrait drawing.

       “I’m surprised that I get to participate in the contest. It’s cool to be able to participate in something new that I haven’t done before,” Tran said.

       Tunstall is very familiar with the drawing process that she plans on using when participating in the contest.

       “I don’t break it all down minute by minute but I know that less time should be spent on details in the very beginning. I just go through it step-by-step and try not to worry,” Tunstall said. “A few days before the contest I‘m going to be practicing. You don’t know what you’re going to be drawing, so you need to know your process to execute it all in 50 minutes.”

       The two PHS finalists worked on the pieces that qualified them as finalists in the HLSR contest during Pre-AP studio art classes taught by Mariel Degli Esposti.

       “This competition is a really good opportunity for the students to have something to work towards and is another way for them to get involved with the Houston Rodeo. It is also a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and what they’ve learned,” Degli Esposti said. “I’m very proud of Diana and Chelsea; they have worked very hard and are really dedicated students.”