Los Leones combines student art and NISD history

The 21st annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival, presented by Jefferson Bank, has something for everyone and promises to be the most exciting show yet. The entire show has been created to center around the 11 rural schools that served as the "roots" of Northside ISD.   

 This family-oriented event will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an art show and sale with more than 2,500 pieces of high-quality student artwork by NISD students.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be held at Marshall High School in Leon Valley on 8000 Lobo Lane.

Students from each high school cluster, consisting of the middle and elementary schools that feed into the high school, have researched and developed an artistic representation that brings out the unique education that was provided during the early days of their rural school.

In addition, there will be musical entertainment, food booths, a Chalkfest, mimes, flashmob, face painting and much more. Children will also have the opportunity to learn about Northside’s history by visiting with representatives from the Northside museum and visiting the Story Time area.

Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the opening ceremonies and awards program beginning at 10:00 a.m.    

There will be three areas of entertainment this year. The Main Stage will feature the Pease Choir at 8:30 a.m., Taft Choir at 9:00 a.m., Stevens HS Guitar Ensemble at 9:30 a.m., Jay Mariachi at 11:15 a.m., a Flashmob at noon, Holmes Mariachi at 12:15 p.m., and Marshall Choir at 1 p.m.

The Courtyard Area will feature Aue Elementary Sound Bytes at 8:30 a.m., the Carson Elementary Folk Dancers at 9 a.m., Burke Elementary Choir at 9:30 a.m., the Luna Jazz Band at 11 a.m., Carlos Coon Folklorico Dancers at noon, Hoffmann Jumpers at 12:15 p.m., and Rock-N-Strings at 12:30 p.m.

The Cafeteria Area will feature Jay HS Folklorico Dancers at 8:30 a.m., Brennan Modern Dance Company at 8:45 a.m., Jones and Pease MS Dance Dept. at 9 a.m., Stevens Jazz Dance Company at 9:30 a.m., Luna MS Dance Dept at 11 a.m., Museum Story Time at 11:20 a.m., Brandeis Ballet company at 11:30 a.m., Museum Story Time at 11:50 a.m., Zachry and Jordan MS Dance Dept. at noon, Stevens Folklorico Dancers at 12:30 p.m., and Museum Story Time at 1 p.m.

Chalkfest awards and closing ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m.

And the Grand Prize Winner is ….

In the Los Leones Publicity Contest, there were more than 100 entries submitted for this district-level competition. Grand Prize winner is Megan Spruiell, a 12th-grade student at Taft HS. Her winning art, titled “Ties That Bind Us,” will be seen on the publicity poster and event t-shirt.

Other winners include:

Elementary category: Reina Reyes, first place, Elrod ES; Jocelynn Cerino, second place, Fisher ES; and Julian Breyman, third place, Helotes ES.

Middle School category: Anthony Martinez, first place, Pease MS; Lilah Dominguez, second place, Jordan MS; and Kaylie Mason, third place, Pease MS.

High School category: Sierra Withers, first place, Taft HS; Kathryn Taylor, second place, Taft HS; and Mu Hkee La, third place, Clark HS.

The inspiration and collaboration of former Leon Valley Mayor Marcy Meffert and NISD Fine Arts Director James Miculka, Los Leones was developed to encourage student artists and help them to learn “the business of art,” while establishing an active arts community in the city of Leon Valley.

As an official SA300 event, Los Leones partnered with the Northside School Museum to celebrate and center this year’s artwork around the history and beginnings of the district.

Judges from the community will select their personal “pick of show” awarding $25 prizes in the categories of elementary, middle, and high school art.

The event is a partnership of the city of Leon Valley, Northside ISD, and the Northside Education Foundation and showcases the artwork of numerous Northside students, teachers, and visiting artists-in-residents.