First place: Monique Holiday, Bloomfield High School, $300
Second place: Eric Armstrong, Bloomfield High School, $200
Third place: Autumn Pahe, Kirtland Central High School, $100
Honorable mentions: Crystal Dawn Jacquez, Bloomfield High School; Jose Mares, Farmington High School; Albertina Thomas, Newcomb High School; Damon Shorty, Farmington High School; and Wyneisha Lopez, Bloomfield High School
While they were discussing the assignment, they also started talking about other topics. From then on, Standridge, 18, and Stackhouse, 19, have been friends.
On Saturday night, the teenagers both received $1,000 scholarships from Animas Rivers Arts and Entertainment during the Young @ Art Show at the Courtyard by Marriott.
The art show featured artwork from high school students from all around San Juan County. Artists had a chance to win award money.
Scholarships, however, were only available for San Juan County high school seniors planning to major in an art-related field.
Both the scholarships and award money came from donations from community members.
While Aztec High School students took both scholarships, Bloomfield High School students dominated the art contest. Monique Holiday took first place and Eric Armstrong won second.
The scholarships will help Standridge and Stackhouse pursue degrees in art. Standridge plans to attend San Juan College in the fall, double majoring in liberal arts and education. Stackhouse will attend the University of New Mexico, where she will study music theory and composition.
As part of her application for the scholarship, Stackhouse submitted a CD with various songs that she recorded. One of the songs, "Circles," is a composition she wrote for the piano. The name "Circles" comes from the song's structure. Stackhouse said the composition starts and ends the same way.
Stackhouse has been involved in music since she was a young child. She said she finished her first composition when she was 8 years old. At age 11, her parents enrolled her in piano lessons.
Standridge has a different story. Initially, she hated art and protested art in school. Then, one day, her teacher threatened to send her to the principal's office if she didn't participate in an art project. Grudgingly, Standridge picked up a paintbrush and started painting. Ever since that day, she said she has been obsessed with art.
"I started living and breathing art," she said.