Star City High School 2016 graduate Emily Patrick recently took an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for being the state grand prize winner of the Arkansas Art Educators Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest.

Patrick was recognized as the student winner from Arkansas, and Star City High School educator Roger Darren High was recognized as her teacher at special awards ceremony. The event also recognized the grand prize winners of the Youth Art Month Flag Design Contests from other states. The banquet included a cake created by Carlo’s Bake Shop from the television series “Cake Boss.”

National art supply company Sargent Art sponsored the New York trip for Patrick, her mother Jennifer, and High.

“We would like to thank Sargent Art for this wonderful experience,” Emily Patrick said. “We were treated like family.”

During the trip, the group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, The Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Financial District, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Strawberry Fields, Zuccotti Park, and attended a performance of the Broadway show “The Lion King.”

“The Lion King was the highlight of the trip,” Patrick said.

This was the third year for Arkansas to participate in Sargent Art’s contest. This was the first year that Star City High School entered the contest.

“The entire staff of Sargent Art, especially Bhakti Oza, went above and beyond to provide all participants with a memorable and educational experience,” High said. “It is always great when art education is given the attention and respect that it deserves.”

Patrick’s design was previously made into a flag on display at the Old State House during Youth Art Month in March and was previously displayed at the National Art Educators conference at Chicago.

“As much as we enjoyed this trip, there is no place like home,” Jennifer Patrick said.