Photo provided by Runnels High School -- Runnels art teacher Lee Brandt Randall, left, poses with senior Sarah Garrett, in front of her watercolor, “Caged Bird,” at the Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition Opening Reception at the Baton Rouge Gallery. Garrett's work won Best in Show at the April 2 competition, and she received a $600 scholarship.

Runnels School senior Sarah Garrett won first place in the Baton Rouge Gallery’s 2014 Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition.

This is the second year in a row a Runnels student has earned the top honor at the exhibition, according to a news release from the school.

Garret’s watercolor work “Caged Bird” won Best in Show at the exhibit’s opening reception, held April 2 at the Baton Rouge Gallery. Garrett received a $600 scholarship.

Sponsored by the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery, the annual exhibition gives high school students from the area an opportunity to showcase their work.

The gallery chose approximately 40 original works to be part of the show, out of 150 submissions. Eight of these were from Runnels, including two created by Garrett.

Local artists and Baton Rouge Gallery members Mary Lee Eggart, Matt Morris and Michaelene Walsh judged the show.

Other Runnels artists in the show were junior Erin Gleason, sophomores Christian Amedee, Alex Benson, Grace LeBlanc and Samantha Sieberth and freshman Eve Axelrod. Their art teachers are art department head Lee Brandt Randall, Rachel Klein and Danna Wiese.

Garrett also was one of four runner-ups in last year’s Real Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition.

In addition, she was recently named an Honorable Mention in the Cleveland Institute of Art’s 2014 2D3D National Art + Design Competition. More than 1,076 students from more than 450 high schools across the nation entered the contest.

She is the daughter of Paula and Richard Garrett.