Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the winning student design for the Arts Alive 2023 poster submission competition. Naudia Ng, a freshman at Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County, entered the winning submission which was chosen from among 82 statewide submissions.

Arts Alive is in its 17th year and is the WVDE’s annual event showcasing arts education programs and student accomplishments within West Virginia public schools. Performance categories include music, dance, visual art and theatre.

“Arts education is essential to the development of the whole student by building creative-thinking and problem-solving skills while also fostering discipline and collaborative learning environments,” said State Superintendent of Schools David L. Roach. “I am honored to celebrate Naudia’s accomplishments as well as those of all students participating in Arts Alive 2023.”

This year’s event is scheduled for April 28, 2023, at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. The art exhibit begins at 6 p.m., with the main performance beginning at 7 p.m.

Learn more about Arts Alive on the official Arts Alive program page.

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or

Photo Captions

  1. (L-R) Student Enrichment Coordinator Ray Lowther, Robert C. Byrd High School Freshman Naudia Ng, Deputy State Superintendent Michelle Blatt and Communications Program Specialist Tom Pickens pose for a photo in the West Virginia Board of Education Board Room.
  2. Naudia Ng’s work is featured on the Arts Alive 2023 poster.

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