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Harrison County teacher wins national art award

Photo submitted to The Exponent Telegram  Carolyn Light, an art teacher at Lincoln High School, won a prestigious national award for this painting of her sons' launching their new boat at Oral Lake.
Photo submitted to The Exponent Telegram
Carolyn Light, an art teacher at Lincoln High School, won a prestigious national award for this painting of her sons’ launching their new boat at Oral Lake.

SHINNSTON, W.Va. — A 10-year Lincoln High School art teacher has won a prestigious national award for her watercolor painting.

Carolyn Light was the grand prize winner of the 2014 Sargent Art Brighter World Teachers’ Online Art Contest.

There are three other prizes awarded to students, through Sargent Art and the Arts Education Association.

“In West Virginia, we have a huge competition called Arts Alive. Lincoln student Reno Swiger won the state competition last year,” Light said. “Kaleigh Tucker was the first place winner in the high school division this year.”

Last year, Sargent began the teacher competition. A teacher from California won the contest last year.

“This year I received the national award. I feel very honored. It’s a very prestigious award to be recognized for your personal work,”  she said.

Light, who was an arts major in college and a longtime member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, submitted five paintings.

One of them was selected above all other entries throughout the country.

The boat launch at Oral Lake features her son, Reed and his friend Tyler and her older son Ryan. They two younger boys saved up their allowance money to purchase the inflatable boat. This is the maiden voyage, Light explained.

The honoree and her husband received an all-expense-paid trip to New York…

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