There are thousands of art students at Michigan high schools. Of those, work by 30 was selected for the governor’s "Top 30 Traveling Student Show."

A drawing by Rachel Toner, a Sturgis High School senior, was among those whose work was chosen.

The governor’s show is hosted by the Michigan Art Education Association and Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Toner’s work was chosen from 100 finalists, which had been pared down from hundreds of submissions, all adjudicated in a series of regional and state level exhibitions, said Carie Arseneau, art teacher at Sturgis High School.

Inititally, the plan was to bring the show to Sturges-Young Center for the Arts in April, but that was derailed by COVID-19 closures.

Although Toner’s piece won't be displayed in Sturgis as planned, Arseneau wants to honor her achievement.

“Rachel’s work has been included in several community shows, and this state-level honor is something to be proud of,” Arseneau said. 

Toner reflected on the work.

“At this time, my future studies are still very undecided," she said. "Even if I do not end up going into a field including art, I would love to continue to keep it as one of my main hobbies. I enjoy it and it doesn’t feel like work.”

With the school year cut short, Toner said she truly will miss the art teachers at Sturgis High School.