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Courthouse features student artwork

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Hutto and Claire Simpson
Hutto and Eme VanNus
Hutto and Victoria Jones

For the third year in a row, artwork from county high school students is currently being showcased at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Following the end of each school year, art teachers representing each of the county's four high schools are asked to select the work of one student to be featured in the courthouse for one year. After the year is completed, the artist receives their picture and a plaque bearing their name, graduation date, the school they attend and the name of their art teacher. Artwork comes from students in grades nine through 12.

This year's artists are: Eme VanNus, Lebanon High School Class of 2019, teacher, Keith McCurdy; Claire Simpson, Wilson Central High School Class of 2016, teacher, April Grooms; Victoria Jones, Mt. Juliet High School Class of 2017, teacher Derek Elwell; and Megan Eakes, Watertown High School Class of 2015, teacher Sarah Reader.

"This is a great way to encourage our students and showcase their hard work," Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said. "With so much talent in our county, it must be a daunting task for our art teachers to select just one piece of art. Each year, I look forward to seeing the new pieces that will grace the halls of our courthouse."

Plans are underway to incorporate artwork from students at Cumberland University as well as the county's private schools.

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