Stryker Students Earn High Marks In Visual, Vocal Arts, & Writing

Dustin Teschke and Hannah Tucker


Sterling Wisniewski and Shauna Miehls

Students from Stryker High School were among award winners at an art and writing contest as well as a vocal competition.

Dustin Teschke won two awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition hosted by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Teschke was one of 137 Gold Key recipients in the competition which drew 1,293 writing pieces for review. He also was one of 153 honorable mention winners.

His winning entry was a story about a teenager who lives in an over-religious family who becomes accepted. The story is based on a friend’s true-life tale, Teschke said.

The senior said he was “overjoyed” at being a Gold Key recipient.

“I like writing,” Teschke said. “It will be one of my hobbies.”

Teschke will be honored with other student winners Feb. 12 at the museum.

Teschke, 18, plans to attend Northwest State and then transfer.

Art student Hannah Tucker-Gaoiran won an honorable mention in the Scholastic Art Show.

She was one of four Stryker students to enter the contest. The others were Anna Heeres, Kira Pettit, and Cody Moser.

Tucker’s entry was a self-portrait, done in colored pencil called “An Experiment in Vibrancy.

“I really took to the project,” Tucker said.

Her work will be on display from Feb. 12 through April 9 in Fort Wayne.

Stryker also had two vocal artists receive high scores at a recent competition.

Freshman Shauna Miehls, 15, scored a 2 and junior Sterling Wisniewski, 17, earned a superior and a 1 score for a Class A Song.

Both students got their start in singing at their respective churches.

Miehls started with her mom’s praise team at Central Mennonite, while Wisniewski started taking lessons from a woman in church and then sang with the Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.

He now sings at Life Changing Realities in Edgerton. He would like to attend the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

“I really like this,” Wisniewski said.

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