Carol Walsh was named the 2016 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition (OSAE) Teacher of the Year. Walsh teaches art at Oakdale Schools in Edmond.

OSAE is a statewide art project, which allows students from public and private schools to participate at no charge. This year, nearly 1,500 pieces of art were entered from 102 different schools. Pieces accepted to the show are displayed in the galleries of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center during the State Fair of Oklahoma.

The Teacher of the Year Award is based on the percentage of eligible students entered in the OSAE and the awards earned by those students. Between Oakdale Elementary and Oakdale Middle Schools, Walsh has 36 students — 90 percent of the eligible number — entered in OSAE. Of those, 30 were accepted to the show, eight received Merit awards and nine received Exceptional Merit awards, the largest number of Exceptional Merits by any teacher.

Walsh’s elementary students garnered two of the three individual awards given to elementary students with Mia Lashley earning Best of Show and Lukas Neller receiving Judges’ Choice. Three of her middle school students: Keegan Jones, Nicholas Pica and Olivia Keyser, were selected for the Visual Arts Scholarship Event (VASE) auction.

Walsh will be recognized at the OSAE Awards Ceremony in September at the state fair. She will receive a certificate and a $100 gift card from Hobby Lobby to be used for art supplies.

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