Four students earn top awards at Rodeo Art Show


Chloe Carter

Juniors Sophie Gleadell and Charles Perido both won awards for their art pieces.

Ore James and Isabelle Keever

After much preparation, senior Nhu Pham, senior Elise McMahan, junior Sophie Gleadell and junior Charles Perido all earned recognition for their Rodeo Art pieces this month. The four will be recognized with seven other Tomball ISD Rodeo Art winners at the District Rodeo Art Show on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Tomball Intermediate School.

Art students across the district submit pieces annually for the art show, with 11 district students recognized this year. Those students’ pieces will remain displayed at the NRG center in Houston throughout the rodeo.

Pham and Gleadell both earned gold medal awards, with Perido and McMahan earning special merit.

“I’ve done rodeo art freshman, sophomore and senior year,” McMahan said. “You choose a picture that you’re going to draw or you can pull from other reference photos.”

Pham has participated in Rodeo since her freshman year.
“I’ve wanted this for so long now, and I worked especially hard this year,” Pham said. “It felt so amazing to advance.”

After spending a lot of late nights working on her piece, Pham got it in just in time.

“I worked the whole week, with late nights and all of class time,” Pham said. “I finished right before my teacher had to take the pieces.”

Though this is only her third semester in the school, art teacher Danika Smith has seen her kids grow with their artwork.

“I’m super proud of the students for working hard and diligently on rodeo,” Smith said.

Smith feels strongly about how dedicated her students are, always willing to try something new.

“Each of them remain open-minded,” Smith said. “They all tried new things, whether it was the size of their projects or medium. It makes my heart sing.”