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Boswell High School Student Wins Ft. Worth Mayor’s Art Contest

painting of NYC storyAlyssa Duntley and her art teacher, Amy Jenkins

A painting created by a Boswell High School sophomore won Best in Show at the 2022 Mayor Mattie Parker High School Art Competition.

Alyssa Duntley got the idea for her work, “Punk Store NYC,” while on a trip to New York City.

“She took a photo reference while visiting her grandmother,” said Amy Jenkins, Alyssa’s drawing teacher at Boswell High School. “She is into an alternative aesthetic, which inspired her to make an entire Advance Placement Studio Drawing portfolio of work.”

Artwork from that portfolio, including “Punk Store NYC,” was submitted to the mayor’s art competition, where it was judged against artwork from students in high schools across Fort Worth.

“Alyssa is not afraid of challenges, and she perseveres through building her skills,” Jenkins said. “Her art making is not just some magical talent bestowed upon her. She diligently works for her successes.”

Even though “Punk Store NYC” was already award-winning art, including earning a medal at the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), the top level of art competition for public high school students in Texas, Alyssa said she was surprised to find out she won Best in Show in the mayor’s competition.

“Meeting the mayor was rewarding,” she said. “She gave me prize money and a glass statue! She told me my work was high quality.”

After finishing a two-week gallery display at Fort Works Art on May 21, “Punk Store NYC” will hang in Mayor Parker’s office for the next year.

Alyssa is excited that more people will have the opportunity to see her painting.

“I enjoy art because it is rewarding,” she said. “I work very hard to build my skills. I enjoy competitions and showing my work, especially winning.”

Alyssa is a member of the Boswell High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS). She also participates in the gallery and studio connections program at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

As an EMS ISD student, her success aligns with the district’s goals outlined in the Aspire 2025 Strategic Plan, including, “a culture that promotes building trusting relationships, which provide students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning without fear of failure,” and fostering “an environment of engaging and challenging learning while maintaining high expectations and accountability.”

“Alyssa is a self-motivated, art-loving student leader in the Boswell Art Department,” Jenkins said. “Our community should do everything possible to help her realize her goals. She is simply spectacular.”

Upon graduating from Boswell, Alyssa plans to study art at the university level. Congratulations to Alyssa on these outstanding achievements. #EMSproud!