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BEAUFORT, N.C. (April 15, 2021) – The Beaufort Woman’s Club held its 6th annual High School Art Competition at Purvis Chapel Fellowship Hall on April 13, awarding ribbons and cash prizes to talented students from East Carteret, West Carteret and Croatan High Schools. 

More than 150 pieces of art were submitted for the competition. The woman’s club honored first-place winners with $50 and second-place winners with $25. The competition also awarded for Best of Show ($50) and the Mayor’s Award ($50), presented by Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton.  

“The creativity of the students and the cooperation of the art teachers, local judges and club members made this competition a great success again this spring,” said Marilyn Shuping, chair of the Beaufort Woman’s Club art committee. “We are proud to recognize the tremendous talent we see among our area high school students.” 

First-place winners were Caitlin Mahnke (Croatan HS) for painting; Anna Grace Fulcher (West Carteret HS) in digital art; Elleigh Harvey (East Carteret HS) in mixed media; Diana Harrington (West Carteret HS) in drawing and Erin Palmeter (Croatan HS) in 3-D art. 

Second-place winners were Isabella Atkinson (West Carteret HS) in painting; Jenny Antinone (Croatan HS) in mixed media; Isabella Samsel (Croatan HS) in drawing and Parker Gould (Croatan HS) in 3-D art.

Diana Harrington (West Carteret HS) received the Best of Show award for her self-portrait drawing, and Parker Gould (Croatan HS) received the Mayor’s Award for his  “Expressionistic Selfie” painting. 

Judges for the competition were Pam Holliday, potter and metal artist; Drew Hoover, mixed media and pet portraitist (, and Donna Nyzio, local painter (

The Beaufort Woman’s Club is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through fundraising and volunteer service. With more than 100 active members, the club is celebrating its Centennial year in 1921. For more information visit us on Facebook and at

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Best of Show and 1st place winner in the drawing category, Diana Harrington (center) from West Carteret High School with her two art teachers Amber Swanger (left) and Catherine Olander (right).

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Mayor’s Award winner, “Expressionistic Selfie” by Parker Gould of Croatan High School.
Mayor Rett Newton (left) with Marilyn Shuping, (right) Beaufort Woman’s Club Chair, Art Competition Show.

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