Hundreds of community members turned out Monday evening to see the standout projects San Ramon Valley students created for the school district's annual Student Recognition Project.
More than 1,500 local high school students submitted works in nearly two-dozen wide-ranging categories such as art, digital design, performance, writing, entrepreneurship and community service.
"It's just so great to see what these kids are capable of," school board member Ken Mintz said during the event at Bishop Ranch 15 in San Ramon. "You actually get to see kids' passion ... and see them shine in an area that they love."
The 93 contest winners and 199 honorable mentions were revealed during the three-hour Student Recognition Project open house and project display Monday evening. The student submissions were judged by local professionals with expertise in the specific fields.
"The program creates a collaboration between students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley, promotes educational excellence and prepares students for future career possibilities," school district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.
The annual Student Recognition Project is coordinated by the school district and sponsored by Chevron and Bishop Ranch. The Monte Vista High School culinary arts program provided small bites for the open house.
The 2016 winners are set to be honored during an awards breakfast April 1. Each student winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
"It's remarkable," school board vice president Mark Jewett said, looking across the room of student artwork Monday. "With such an emphasis on STEM education, it's wonderful to see an appreciation for the arts."
For the second year in a row, the program also offered participating high school seniors the chance to apply for a scholarship honoring late Student Recognition Project committee member Raj Shah. The Raj Shah Memorial Scholarship winners, receiving $1,000 each, will be announced during the April breakfast.
Project categories this year included drama, poetry, journalism, creative writing, computer-aided drafting, video production, web design, digital art, culinary arts, three-dimensional art/applied design, digital photography, film photography, science, visual arts (black and white), visual arts (color), vocal music, instrumental music, architecture/computer-aided design, fashion design, dance, instrumental piano, early childhood education, entrepreneur and community service.