New Braunfels High School senior Alekxis Rodriguez earned two bronze medals at the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) in San Marcos. She is the first NBISD student to earn multiple medals from the state competition. More than 35,000 students from across the state submit artwork into the VASE competition each year.

“It feels unbelievable to know what I’ve accomplished and to be the first to achieve this,” Alekxis said.

New Braunfels ISD Director of Fine Arts Dr. Marty Lenard said, “This is a huge accomplishment.”

Alekxis earned her medals for two separate paintings she created. One of her pieces was inspired by critiques that she received from the VASE competition last school year. The other was a reflection of a girl’s connection inspired by her twin sister, Andrea, which she created because of how they connect and rely on one another.

“This is such a well-deserved achievement for Alekxis. She had a goal to make it to State VASE this year and obviously accomplished that,” said NBHS Art Teacher Becky McDavitt. “Alekxis is an amazing art student who always strives to make her next art piece better than the last. She has had a long love for art and painting and all her focus, practice and dedication has paid off.”

The magnitude of Alekxis’ accomplishments are monumental for the art program at NBHS. In the last 15 years, less than 10 students have advanced to the state VASE competition, McDavitt said.

High school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas can participate in VASE, entered by teachers. Each student can submit a maximum of two art entries.

“I am so proud of Alekxis – I could burst! I have had the pleasure of working with Alekxis for the last two years, and she is a source of inspiration to others around her,” McDavitt said. “She embodies all the great qualities that we hope all students gain during their time with us at NBISD. She is a true champion!”

Alekxis said that her teacher has been a key motivator and a big reason that she has been able to accomplish this rare feat. She also said that she had doubted submitting the art she made of her and her sister, but McDavitt encouraged her to enter it which ended up winning a bronze medal, something Alekxis said was the biggest highlight of her year so far.