Max Stander, art instructor at Clearfield High School, was named top high school art teacher of the year during Utah State University's annual High Art Workshop last week.

He was selected from 17 nominees for the honor.Stander has taught art for 19 years. Since 1987 he has been art department chairman at Clearfield, supervising a department of five instructors.

A letter of nomination by principal Tamara O. Lowe noted Stander's contributions to school, students and community.

"Max is deserving of your attention because of his love of art and his desire for helping students achieve and understand the qualities that make art an important and necessary part of modern life," Lowe concluded.

The selection committee honored two other teachers - Lex Cordell Johnson of Preston High School and John Fackrell of Cottonwood High School - for their contributions to art education.

The day-long event brought 387 high school art students and their advisors to Logan for a series of "hands-on" activities. The program also provides a glimpse of college courses and the USU campus.