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CAS Featured Artist: Xiaoxiao


Sacred Heart Academy
Hamden, CT

Xiaoxiao (“Shou Shou”) ’19 received several Gold Key awards for her artwork in the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards. (As such, she was awarded a portfolio scholarship to Hartford Art School in the amount of $20,000 per year for a total four-year award of $80,000.) As a Gold Key winner, her work submitted to the National Level Scholastic Art Awards, where a national jury will choose works to exhibit in the National Show held in June 2019.

According to her art instructor and chair of the fine arts department at Sacred Heart, Teresa DelVecchio, Xiaoxiao can always be found in the art room working on several pieces, using different media, at the same time. Her creative problem solving is very visible in her pen and ink works as well as her package design, paying close attention to detail. Students and faculty alike are in awe and inspired by her work. She has received several awards and recognition in the community, regional, and state-wide art exhibits, most recently receiving several Gold Key awards for her artwork in the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards, as well as being awarded a portfolio scholarship to Hartford Art School. Xiaoxiao was an easy choice to receive our school’s CAS nomination for outstanding high school visual artist. She amazes all with each new work she produces, as well as each new medium she explores.

She was accepted to and will attend Parsons School of Design (Early Action) in NYC in the fall and study industrial design.

About the CAS Featured Student Artist 

In partnership with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS)  and proudly brought to you by  Wood N’ Tap,  FOX61 will spotlight a CAS Featured Student Artist each month. This campaign recognizes excellence and promotes the value of The Arts for students in grades K-12 across Connecticut.

Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) choose the students featured on the recommendation of the administration in their school district including principals and teachers in the arts. Each Featured Student Artist will receive a gift card from Wood N’ Tap restaurant group and a CT Art Trail Art Passport from the The Connecticut Art Trail.


About the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS):

The Mission:  is to promote excellence in the education of all students by developing the skills and effectiveness of school leaders including administrators, staff and students.

The Purpose: is a private, non‐profit organization whose purpose is to improve the learning of every student in Connecticut by contributing to the improvement of elementary and secondary education. CAS, through its divisions including the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), works to serve the collective interests and needs of Connecticut schools by providing leadership and professional development services to promote excellence in the education of all students.

Theory of Action: believe that the intellectual, physical and emotional growth and development of students will improve and be sustained through strengthening and aligning organizational systems closest to the instructional core within schools.   We also believe that athletics and other student activities enrich and support student engagement in the learning process.    We believe further that because improved student growth and learning are significantly influenced by adults, the primary responsibility of leadership is to improve the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the adults in the system.  Finally, we believe that through effective support and accountability systems, school leaders can develop their instructional and organizational leadership capacities for the purpose of promoting a high degree of student learning.

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