Fine Arts Announcements

  • ROHS Band Accolades


    Hey Band!

    What a year this has been.

    I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you all on an amazing job. At every UIL Full Band contest, every band in Red Oak ISD earned a 1st division ‘Superior’ rating from every judge. That is 33 1st division ‘Superior’ ratings earned by our students for the 2020-2021 school year!

    At TMEA Region auditions, Red Oak ISD students earned 41 chairs in the All-Region Band!  This is a record for ROISD!  Of those students that earned chairs in the All-Region Band, our students earned five (5) 1st chair (Champion) positions. This is another record for ROISD!  At the high school level, we had seven (7) students advance to the Area competition. Three (3) of those students were alternates to the All-State Band!  WOW!

    Our amazing Winter Guard placed 2nd in the State competition! They then went on to a national contest.  They earned 2nd place in the NATIONAL competition!  Thirteen Guard members earned a Superior rating, and one (1) Guard member received an Excellent rating!

    UIL Solo Festival was virtual for the first time.  We had 130 Superior ratings, 38 Excellent ratings, and 10 Good ratings! We had 13 outstanding soloist awards. At the high school level, we had seven (7) students that earned advancement to the UIL State Solo Contest (less than 10% of all Texas music students advance) that will be judged at the end of May. 

    We have our first in-person concert coming up on Monday, May 24 It’s going to be so much fun to perform live in front of an audience again!

    It is my hope everyone can take a moment to be proud of what you have accomplished, congratulate your friends, and celebrate with your families. Accolades are wonderful and greatly appreciated.

    However, this year I am prouder of the personal development of each student rather than the accolades you have earned. There has been more individual development for every student than I have ever witnessed before. Seeing this growth makes me believe even more in our students and what I know they will accomplish for the future.

    I am amazed and inspired by you all!

    Thank you for an outstanding year (so far) and your inspiration!

    The best is yet to come!

    Mr. Wood

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  • ROHS art student advances to state; others win Ellis County awards & scholarship

    In early March, twelve (12) Red Oak High School students submitted a total of 15 pieces to the annual Visual Arts Scholastic Regional Event (VASE). All 15 pieces scored the highest score possible in the regional event and medaled. Abigail Colwell had one of her works of art advance to the State VASE Competition.

    Ms. Mentzel's Drawing Students:

    • Marlene Bautista
    • Valeria Cardenas
    • Maryanne Crouch
    • Kathryn Grace Dyess (2 medals)
    • Lisa Green
    • Kaitlin Hollingsworth
    • Sya Petty (2 medals)
    • Isabel Torres
    • Sonya Trevino
    • Brenna Turano
    • Emma Wooley

    Mr. Renner's Ceramic Student

    • Abigail Colwell (2 medals and 1 work advanced to State VASE)

    Last year, ROHS senior Alyssa Starr advanced to the VASE State Competition and won GOLD Seal for her piece, which is the highest honor possible. Gold Seal pieces are usually showcased at the Texas Art Educator Association's annual conference, but it was canceled last year due to COVID.

    This week, 17 Red Oak High School art, ceramic, and drawing students submitted pieces to the Ellis County Art Association Youth Art Show taking place in Waxahachie. Many more amazing works of art created by ROHS and Ellis County K-12 art students will be exhibited at Art on the Square in Waxahachie through Sunday, March 28.

    12th grade

    • Kathryn Grace Dyess: $1,000 Nance Memorial Scholarship (Multiple entries)
    • Carlos Valdez:  Deer Skull - Honorable Mention
    • Alayna Waskom: Octopus -Honorable Mention
    • Noah Mendoza: Future -Honorable Mention

    11th grade

    • Abigail Colwell: Slow Travel - 1st Place
    • Jesse Daniel: Jerry Reed's Story - 3rd place
    • Adrian Williams: Blue - Honorable Mention
    • Jacob Warman: Tree - Honorable Mention

    10th grade

    • Lisely Rodriguez: Monster Chaos - 1st place
    • Marlene Bautista: Tea Time - 2nd place
    • Faith Lee: Dragon - 3rd Place
    • Nathan Riley: Self Portrait - Honorable Mention
    • Maryanne Crouch: Finn - Honorable Mention

    9th grade

    • Townley Lutrick: Anxiety - 1st place
    • Kaylee Vaughan: Hank - 2nd place
    • Natalie Wooley: New World - 3rd place
    • Kumara Hailey: Earl and Taco - Honorable Mention

    Kathryn Grace Dyess - $1,000 Nance Memorial Scholarship Winner

    Kathryn Grace Dyess holding her 1st place piece of art Dyess' art piece with woman's face surrounded by blue and beige shapes

    First Place Ellis County winners [l to r: Abigail Colwell, Townley Lutrick, Lisely Rodriguez]

    Colwell's ceramic piece of a snail Lutrick's painting of young person in a hoodie Rodriguez painting of a kaleidoscope image

    State VASE Qualifier - Abigail Colwell

    ceramic piece of a screaming devil figure

    To view all submitted pieces visit the Facebook Photo Album or the Photo Gallery on SmugMug webpage

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