Stoughton High School art students showed they are among the best in the conference earlier this month during the annual Badger Conference Art Show/Challenge.

Kayla Rippe won first place in the water-based painting category for “Sea Turtle,” and Ari Felland earned an Honorable Mention in the same category. Nick Arnett won second place in the 2D Mixed Media category.

Also representing Stoughton were Destiny Ballesteros, Caeli Harman, Chloe Silbaugh, Madi Bonebright, Annike Goetz, Shannon Boyd and Braeden Connors.

This year’s professionally juried competition was hosted by Oregon High School, with an awards ceremony held May 11 at the school’s Panther Art Gallery. The competition has 12 categories, with artwork judged on originality, creativity and technique. Each of the sixteen Badger Conference schools can choose a maximum of 10 pieces to enter.

This year, 14 schools participated and more than 130 pieces of art were evaluated and showcased.

– Scott De Laruelle