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Annual Rotary Club Contest

Rotary Club Music, Speech, and Visual Arts Contest showcases area's most talented high school students

In collaboration with the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club, the Beck Center for the Arts hosted the Rotary Club’s 67th annual Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest. This longstanding contest welcomes talented area high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of music, speech and the visual arts. Participants are students from the five Lakewood and Rocky River high schools including Lakewood High School, Lutheran High School West, Magnificat High School, Rocky River High School, and St. Edward High School.

For the visual arts competition, a jury of artists selected outstanding works of art meeting the contest requirements. From this gallery of art judges chose winners and prizes were awarded for the most outstanding works of art in the contest including a 1st Prize $500, 2nd Prize $300, 3rd Prize $100, and three Honorable Mention Prizes of $50 each. Contest winners in all categories were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, March 27 at the Beck Center.



1st Place: Jiale Peng (violin), Lakewood High School, Violin Concerto by Sibelius

2nd Place: Abby Boland (soprano), Lakewood High School, Se tu m’ami, se sospri by Pergolesi

3rd Place: Jacob Short (trumpet), Lakewood High School, Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Movement 1 by J. Hummel


1st Place: Connor Hooper, Rocky River High School

2nd Place: Steve Saed, Lakewood High School

3rd Place: Alaina Valkoff, Rocky River High School


1st Place: Bram Myers, Lakewood High School, Forest in Charcoal (charcoal)

2nd Place: Montague Cockrell, Lakewood High School, Cleveland Born (acrylics)

3rd Place: Mike Benesh, St. Edward High School, State Champ (clay/colored pencil)

Honorable Mentions:

Michael Todaro, Lakewood High School, Stun E. Cuffs (ink)

Hannah Frimel, Lakewood High School, Under the Sea (batik)

Blakes Trumbel, St. Edward High School, Croc (clay)

Selected entries from the visual arts contest will be on display in the Rotary Student Art Show in the Jean Bulicek Galleria now through April 29. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours. Call Beck Center Customer Service at 216.521.2540, ext. 10.

The artwork below is representative of selected entries from the five participating high schools.

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