NISD student named big winner in Cavaliers Art Contest

graphic with picture of superintendent, winner and art teacher with fiesta flowers and Viva Northside on a purple background
March 9, 2018

For the second year in a row, a student at Lewis Elementary School is the grand prize winner in the 2018 Texas Cavaliers River Parade Art Contest.

Jaclyn Houy, a fifth grade student, is one of five NISD elementary student finalists. A total of 11 finalists from across the city were selected.

Each finalist received $3,000 for their school’s art program and a one-week summer scholarship to the Southwest School of Art. Each runner up received $1,000 for their school’s art program. NISD had four runner-up winners also.

As grand prize winner, Houy received a total of $5,000 for her school’s art program and a summer art program scholarship. Her artwork will also be featured on the river parade’s program and she will ride on the Grand Marshal’s float in the 2018 Texas Cavaliers River Parade on April 23. She also receives one year of free Whataburger.

Grand Prize Winner:

Jaclyn Houy, Lewis Elementary School

 Art teacher: Lila Owens


Tuan Hang, Raba Elementary School

Art teacher: Katrina Gonzalez


Madaline Nunez-Chavarria, Martin Elementary School
Art teacher: Lupe Rodriguez


James Huang, Beard Elementary School
Art teacher: Cindie Onofre


Julian Breyman, Helotes Elementary School (third year in row)

 Art teacher: Michele Brandle



Nyah Rodriguez, Lewis Elementary School

Art teacher: Lila Owens


Peter Gibbs, Northwest Crossing Elementary School

Art teacher: Kristen Tallerico


Olivia Castaneda, Glass Elementary School

 Art teacher: Kristin Rosario


Shelby Elkin, Steubing Elementary School

Art teacher: Renee Porter


The theme for this year’s contest was “Magnificent Missions,” and 2,252 entries were received from more than 62 schools. This was more than 1,000 more entries submitted than last year.

Eleven finalists were recognized at a press conference at the Southwest School of Art where the grand prize winner was announced.

With finalists and runners-up in this year’s contest, NISD students earned $21,000 for their schools’ art programs.

Visit the Northside Facebook page for an album of pictures.

Viva Northside!