Students cited at gallery
CENTREVILLE — Friends, family, teachers and administrators in Queen Anne’s County gathered in the Board of Education’s central office building on Monday, Nov. 28, to celebrate students and their art work during the annual Superintendent’s Art Galler y.
Students in kindergarten through high school from throughout the county had their work displayed in the lobby of the Board of Education, located at 202
Chesterfield Ave. As visitors walked through the building’s front door they were presented with 14 framed pieces, ranging in styles and colors.
The works of art will be on display until the spring.
“Life in general, our society would not be where it is today if it weren’t for artists that inspired that creative side that comes with creative problem solving and being able to use the arts as a way to express individuals,” Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Pilewski said.
Julia Alley, the school system’s supervisor of visual performing arts, opened the event by thanking all in attendance for coming out and supporting the students’ artistic success.
Alley said all students in the county have access to quality arts education because the school system knows that arts are essential and teach valuable lessons.
“Practice makes perfect. Small differences can have large effects. Collaboration leads to creativity,” she said.
Increased access to arts education, Alley said, referencing multiple studies and reports, encourage students to stay in school and to succeed after school in work and in life. She said the arts teach that there are several ways to approach a problem and that more than one solution can be accepted.
The students recognized and honored were as follows: Darcy Bouchat, Bayside Elementary School, fifth grade; Emily Bast, Centreville Elementary School, first grade; Mackie Zierfuss, Church Hill Elementary School, kindergarten; Walter George, Grasonville Elementary School, kindergarten; Madison Branham, Kennard Elementary School, fourth grade; Aubrey Kline, Kent Island Elementary School, second grade; Chloe Smith, Matapeake Elementary School, third grade; Samira Al Atiyyat, Sudlersville Elementary School, fourth grade; Talia Miller, Centreville Middle School, seventh grade; Jordan Hunter, Matapeake Middle School, eighth grade; Alexandra Bradford, Stevensville Middle School, seventh grade; Alex Koppleman, Sudlersville Middle School, sixth grade; Hannah Claggett, Kent Island High School Annex, ninth grade; and Jessika Diggs, Queen Anne’s County High School, 11th grade.
Each student in attendance was recognized with a certificate from members of the board of education. Before receiving the honor, the student’s art teacher or principal read a brief statement about the student and his or her work.
Pilewski said that in the future the board of education would celebrate students in the performing arts as it is “equally important.”
In his closing statement to the audience, Pilewski left with one piece of advice for students are parents: “Keep encouraging them to create.”
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Samira Al Atiyyat, a fourthgrader at Sudlersville Elementary School, stands with art hanging on the walls of the Board of Education Central Office.
Centreville Elementary School first-grader Emily Bast stands with Principal Theresa Farnell, her father and members of the board of education during the Superintendent’s Annual Art Gallery on Monday, Nov. 28.
Mackie Zierfuss, a Church Hill Elementary School kindergartener, was honored at the Superintendent’s Art Gallery on Monday, Nov. 28. She stands with Principal Jacquelyn Wilhelm, art teacher Cassie Hosler and memers of the board of education.