Stafford Middle School

Stafford Student Wins Top Prize at Wimberley Art Festival

Jun 17, 2015

Stafford Middle School eighth grader Hanna Kuriakose will be the featured artist at next year’s Butterfly Festival in Wimberley, Texas.

Ann Rolling, Executive Director of the The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, visited Stafford in May to present Kuriakose with a ribbon for winning Best in Show at this year’s festival.

Kuriakose was named Artist of the Year and her artwork will be featured on the T-shirt and marketing materials for the 2016 festival.

Kuriakose says the story of Ann’s daughter Emily Ann Rolling, who was killed in 1996 in an automobile accident, inspired her to create a butterfly with both bright and muted tones.

“Even if you experience sorrow, it is always going to be colorful and bright afterwards,” Kuriakose said.

Dozens of additional FISD students received ribbons at this year’s festival.

Professional artists judge each entry and award first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention for each grade level in both the fantasy and realistic categories.

Congratulations to the following first place winners from Frisco ISD:

KINDERGARTEN

  • Landon Tierney, Purefoy Elementary

FIRST GRADE

  • Abigail Baines, Corbell Elementary
  • Sarah Blessing, Curtsinger Elementary

SECOND GRADE

  • Franceska Duceska, Curtsinger Elementary
  • Hyerin Lee, Curtsinger Elementary
  • Aiden Mauboussin, Purefoy Elementary

THIRD GRADE

  • Mythili Reddibathini, Ashley Elementary
  • Trynatee Arnold, Newman Elementary
  • Lilly Ginn, Pink Elementary

FOURTH GRADE

  • Rachel Liu, Mooneyham Elementary
  • Kendall Ratermann, Carroll Elementary

FIFTH GRADE

  • Sarah Dewitt, Mooneyham Elementary
  • Kancana Kathiravan, Sonntag Elementary

SIXTH GRADE

  • Scott Trovy, Stafford Middle School
  • Morgan Hausman, Staley Middle School
  • Grace Balick, Vandeventer Middle School

SEVENTH GRADE

  • Jiwon Lee, Cobb Middle School
  • Ashton Edwards, Roach Middle School
  • Audrey Hatherly, Roach Middle School

EIGHTH GRADE

  • Hannah Kuriakose, Stafford Middle School (Grand Prize)
  • Annabelle Congrigg, Cobb Middle School
  • Cole Groenteman, Pioneer Heritage Middle School
  • Delaney Archer, Stafford Middle School

NINTH GRADE

  • Linh Nguyen, Lone Star High School
  • Joseph Shamoon, Wakeland High School

TENTH GRADE

  • Reilly Clark, Independence High School
  • Kendall Zapoli, Liberty High School

ELEVENTH GRADE

  • Anuja Pai, Liberty High School
  • Vanessa Wheeler, Lone Star High School

TWELFTH GRADE

  • Leena Ma, Frisco High School
  • Tiana Bortenstein, Liberty High School

Frisco ISD students have won many top honors at the Butterfly Festival over the years, including Artist of the Year in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2003.

This year’s featured artist was Anirudh Balaji of Nichols Elementary.