Three Del Rio students' artwork was selected for judging at the state level in the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education poster contest.
Emmalee Diaz and Juan Rodriguez of Garfield Elementary and Jose Luis Coronado from the high school were among those with artwork selected.
The poster contest was held during National Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), and focused on the theme "freshwater is life". Posters were judged based on creativity and geographic content, according to the contest's rules.
Garfield Elementary's art teacher, Joni Tooke, said Diaz and Rodriguez created the projects on their own time, coming in before school to work on their posters.
"They had to create their projects in the room so I could verify that it was original work," explained Tooke. "Instead of playing outside before school, these students came in to work."
Garfield Principal Eliza Diaz said the students' success sits with Tooke, who spends countless hours before and after school at the campus so students can utilize the art lab.
Tooke says she's just doing her job, and the students are to credit.
"It's their art lab and I think it should be open for them to hone their talents," said Tooke. "These two have real natural talent. I want to do what I can to help them."
Tooke also praised the district for considering the inclusion of an art lab in the construction of Garfield Elementary, which opened earlier this year.
"I have been to conferences and people are astonished that we have art classes at each elementary school, and especially with the quality of our facilities. Not all of the campuses have them yet, but I know the district is working on that," said Tooke.
Coronado, who is a student in Luis E. Leyva's art course at the Del Rio High School, was among six students to submit work from the campus.
Leyva said it was no surprise that Coronado's work was selected, and that this is likely just the beginning of a promising art career.
"He's so talented," said Leyva. "If he decides to go into the art field he will be successful."
Leyva said Coronado worked on his piece during class, but also spent time after school to fine-tune the project.
Though the students did not win the state competition, all three are sure to be winners in the future, Tooke and Leyva agreed.