Seven students from Calallen and a student from Robstown were recognized recently for their artistic creations during the Visionarios 2008 Youth Art Contest sponsored by Flint Hills Resources.

From Calallen East Primary School, Mariah Ramos placed third in the Grade 1-2 division, and Saige Powel received an honorable mention in the Dry Media category for Grade 3-5.

From Calallen Middle School, Rusty Flores placed first and Eileah Sims received an honorable mention in Wet Media, both in the Grade 6-8 division.

Bethany Goldson received an honorable mention in the Photography/Digital Arts category for Grade 6-8.

From Calallen High School, Liana Gonzalez, enrolled in Art Class I-II, placed first in Wet Media. Daniel Lopez, enrolled in Art Class III-IV, received an honorable mention in Dry Media.

From Seale Junior High School, Tobie Tabitha Escareno placed third in Wet Media in Grade 6-8.

Flint Hills Resources and the Art Museum of South Texas announced the winners during Visionarios Family Day held Feb. 10 at the art museum at 1902 Shoreline Blvd. in Corpus Christi.

There were more than 500 multi-media artwork entries from more than 500 area elementary and secondary students this year in the seventh annual art contest.

Students submitted Visionarios entries that illustrated this year's theme of "People, Places & Things." About 50 students from first- through 12th grade were honored for outstanding achievement in painting, drawing and photography.

All entries will be on display at the art museum through Sunday.

The Visionarios 2008 Youth Art Contest is an annual, academic-driven art contest that inspires students from across the Coastal Bend to examine their surroundings and express their feelings about the world in which they live.

Visionarios supports student achievement by promoting literacy and artistic skills and helping students realize a sense of accomplishment and pride.

For more information, visit artmuseumofsouthtexas.com/visionaries_08/introduction.htm.