Three Bridge City students won top slots, including a Best of Show in this year’s 40th anniversary School Art Program hosted by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Out of artwork from some 100 public school districts and 60 private schools, 2010 gold medal winners were Taylor DeMarcy and Kelsea Lane, with Best of Show going to Samantha Freeman.

Only gold medal, best of show and special merit winners have their art displayed during the rodeo, which ended this year March 20.

Some 681 pieces of art were chosen from more than 300,000 entries.

The winning Bridge City entries are the drawings “A Place to Dream,” (by Freeman, which pictures a white horse); “Brandon” (DeMarcy) and “Cutting Edge” (Lane).

The Bridge City school district was also presented with a Special Recognition Award for art teacher Debbie Gregg.

Although the rodeo’s first official School Art Competition was in 1970, the program began as early as 1964 as a poster contest. 

In 2009, 629 pieces of winning artwork were selected. From that, about 50 pieces were sold at the School Art Auction – generating some $1.16 million.