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Jason Nguyen ‘22 Honored at Houston Rodeo School Art Program

L to R: FBCA Director of Fine Arts, Mr. Robert Sanders, M.F.A and Jason Nquyen, FBCA ’22

Congratulations to FBCA Upper School Student Class of ‘22, Jason Nguyen, for being honored as a 3D Premium Award Winner in the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) School Art Program for his artwork titled “Campfire Tales of Cowboy Legends.”

Jason was among the top 10, top-scoring 3D entries out of upwards of 500 total entries. This accomplishment means that Jason will receive a paid premium and his sculpture will be the first art piece from FBCA to become property of the Houston Rodeo, as well as the Houston Rodeo galleries.

Creative versatility best describes Jason Nguyen. His ceramic sculpture work effectively uses clay materials with connotative powers in this context. Each element, as well as the whole body of work, contributes to the total effect of dynamic forms of 3D art but reflects a kind of human consciousness and ultimately stimulates the perception of our own personal existence. The spirit, accuracy, and soul-stirring detail of his work have earned him the honor to be a part of the 3D Premium Award winners. It was my pleasure to celebrate with Jason at this year’s 25th Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Presentation and the result is a truly magnificent display of fine art that is now a part of the Rodeo collection.” – FBCA Director of Fine Arts, Mr. Robert Sanders, M.F.A

HLSR School Art Program ceremony

Read more about the HLSR School Art Program here:

Thousands of students participated in the Rodeo’s 2021 School Art Program, from 95 public school districts and 38 private schools. Teachers sent 3,244 pieces of artwork to NRG Center for preliminary judging in January. The judges selected 712 pieces of artwork to advance to the next round of judging on Feb. 13, where 72 students were selected to participate in the School Art Auction, which will be held May 16.

Earlier this month, the Rodeo called for entries for its first-ever School Art Graphic Design Contest, encouraging students to submit their designs for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo-themed poster promoting the 2022 School Art Contest to eligible students. Submissions will be judged by the Rodeo’s School Art Committee, who will select the top 10 finalists. Finalists will be posted to the Rodeo’s social media pages for public judging May 3 – 7, and winners will be notified by May 15.

Jason Nquyen sculpture art piece titled “Campfire Tales of Cowboy Legends”

The Rodeo’s School Art Program promotes an awareness of agriculture, Western heritage and Rodeo activities through artistic competitions for students. The School Art Program has recorded nearly 10 million entries since 1965.

Learn more about the School Art Program and see the winning artwork at rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage, and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.” – HLSR Educational Support

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Fort Bend Christian Academy Produces Shadow Play for Deaf Community At Sugar Land Town Center

 Luke Dibble (Senior)

Sugar Land’s Fort Bend Christian Academy is excited to bring to the community a play like no other, “The Taste of Sunrise,” by Suzan Zeder. 

It is a tale of two worlds, Deafness and Hearing. This play will be bringing two departments together. The FBCA American Sign Language department, led by Tony Slate and Elyse DeBuck, and the Theatre department, led by Lana Thompson, are working together to create a performance of significant impact. The play centers around the life of a young deaf boy named Tuc who struggles to find his voice. His journey leads him to discover sign language, which opens our character’s eyes to his true identity and opens our audience’s eyes to the history of Deaf culture and the beauty of American Sign Language.

Join us for our performance on Saturday, May 22. Showtime at 7 p.m. Sugar Land Town Center, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479. We look forward to sharing this special evening with our hearing and Deaf audiences! No cost for admission.

For more information, please visit www.fortbendchristian.org/the-taste-of-sunrise

Jessica Crocker (Senior) and Elizabeth Walker (Senior)

“Being able to be in this performance has been the biggest blessing. It has been so cool to bridge together two very important parts of my life, ASL and theatre. I’m so excited to be able to challenge myself and create something beautiful for the Deaf community!” – Jessica Crocker, 12th grade

“I am so excited to be a part of the cast of “The Taste of Sunrise”! Working on the show has taught me so much. Before starting the play, I knew almost nothing about the ASL community around me. However, through rehearsals, I’ve been able to learn so much about the Deaf community while also growing closer to my fellow cast members.” – Madelyn Pozzi, 11th grade

“My prayer is that we can produce something that our local Deaf community can enjoy and feel 100% welcome at our school. This is our second year, and this time the play centers around a Deaf character.” – Tony Slate, ASL Teacher

“I am beyond excited to be able to be a part of this shadow performance. Although I teach theatre, I have such a passion for the Deaf community after learning about the lack of theatre for them from Elyse and Tony, our ASL teachers. To be able to open this door for our students is something that they will never forget and provides a way to minister to the community in a way that no one else can. I am so proud of the students and their hard work and commitment to something new and challenging. What a blessing it is to be able to work with incredible teachers and students. You don’t want to miss this beautiful performance and collaboration of two worlds!” – Lana Thompson, Theatre Teacher

Fort Bend Christian Academy’s visual and performing arts programs have been recognized with a multitude of awards over the years. The fine arts program at Fort Bend Christian Academy offers its students a comprehensive program throughout all levels of education. For more information about Fine Arts at Fort Bend Christian Academy, visit fortbendchristian.org/arts.

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Joseph Menslage
Joseph Menslage

Joseph Menslage is the Publisher of Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine. Contact him at joseph@houstonchristianmagazine.com.