Stu­dents cited at gallery

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.”

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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