Three Saint James high school students and four Saint James middle school students were awarded district honors in the Visual Arts Achievement Program (VAAP) competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Through local and state recognition, VAAP offers encouragement to young artists, showcases their work to a wide audience, and offers opportunities for advanced training beyond high school. District winners from Saint James included Senior Christine Choi who was awarded first place for her drawing, Cooking Time; Senior Kylie Eng was awarded first place for her painting, Afternoon Café; and Lizzy Headley was awarded third place for her printmaking piece titled, Bubbly. In middle school, Saint James 6th grade student Julie Cho was awarded first place for her drawing, Shoes; 7th grade student Wendy Stombaugh was awarded first place for her painting, Blue-Green Self Portrait; 7th grade student Austin Oh was awarded third place for his drawing, The Floral Flamingo; and 7th grade student Katie Irving was awarded third place for her printmaking piece titled, The Midnight Restaurant. The artworks that earned first place will advance to the state competition for a second round of judging.