Coolidge High School students showcase work at the Heard Museum

Submitted by Terry Willis

GRIC Student Advisor


Two students from Coolidge High School participated in the 2017 Heard Museum American Indian Art Show & Sale, held March 24.


The show attracts American Indian students from all over North America, and provides students the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in the world famous Heard Museum. Students also compete for ribbons and cash prizes in 13 categories and two age divisions.


Tenth grade student Lorenza Aleman from District 4 submitted two photographs; one of her photograph’s was titled “The Fallen” the other was titled “Alone.” Lorenza received a third place ribbon and a certificate for her photograph the “The Fallen.”   


Lorenza enjoys photography and her goal is to attend Film School at Scottsdale Community College. She is very talented in her work and does a fine job and her photographs certainly tell a story and have special meaning.


Senior Ellayna Polingyowna, District 4, did an acrylic painting titled “Harvesting Corn.” Ellayna’s art was sold.


The beautiful painting represents a corn dancer harvesting corn and a long hair kachina blessing the water and bringing rain to the Mesa and the crops. She will receive a check and also received a certificate.


Ellayna is an amazing artist. She is always eager to participate in many art activities throughout the school year both in her community and other outside events. She is very talented in drawing and painting.


Ellayna’s goal is to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts School in Santa Fe, NM. She has already begun working on her application and is very excited. She shares deep expression in all of her artwork and drawings.


This is the second year in a row both of these students have participated and won in the art sale. Congratulations to these two young ladies. It has been a great year for each of them! We are very proud!