SAN ANTONIO -

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is usually about cowboys, horses and livestock, but there is a part of the big event that a lot of people don't think about unless they're in to art. 

Art is just one more way high school students can earn recognition and scholarship money for college through the Western Art competition.

There is a second generation of winners from San Antonio Christian High School.

Sara Oppelt is the art teacher at the high school. She is also a graduate, and back in 2004, she was a top 25 winner in the Western Art show.

“It was a really overwhelmingly positive experience,” Oppelt said. 

Now she gets to share that experience with three of her students.

Amy Mireles, a senior, won a place in the top 25 thanks to her color pencil work of a young girl looking at the San Juan Mission with a cross in the foreground.

“My inspiration was the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ, so taking the time to reflect on what he did for us on the cross, " Mirales said.

Her inspiration not only got her in the top 25, but she earned more than $20,000 in scholarship money.

“I was blessed to get this opportunity, " Mireles said.

Mireles had two classmates recognized as top 50 winners. Cristina Anderson is a fellow senior.

“I love drawing -- it’s my life really,” Anderson said.

“It’s really cool, you can take something so simple like colored pencils and make it into something so awesome,” said Mia Venden, a junior at San Antonio Christian.

It was not only special for the girls, but Oppelt felt a sense of pride watching as people enjoyed the art work from her students.

“I am so proud of them. They put in so much hard work,” said Oppelt.