Submitted by: diane van ornum, SCS Art Teacher
On Saturday, April 25 the 2015 United States Congressional High School Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery” and reception took place in a striking setting at KCTS 9. The twelve art students from Shoreline Christian submitting work were: Everett Crichton, Brian Wilson, Kestrel Gehr, Abby DeKoekkoek, Noelle McPherson, Sarah Owen, Sydney Alberda, Elise Aydelott, Anna Rietkerk, Matteus Guion, Natalie Danhof and Josie Aydelott. Most of the twelve were able to participate in the awards ceremony on a recent Saturday, enjoying cookies, pastries and Tom Douglas’ famous coconut cream pie. Jim McDermott shared his appreciation for those that explore in the arts and for the schools that support young visual artists and even made reference to his own journey with Japanese sumi painting.
Of the twenty eight pieces submitted from schools within Jim McDermott’s Seventh Congressional District, Abby DeKoekkoek’s unique ink and wash drawing with a stick from the woods outside the art room, titled Bramble, was awarded third place. Abby received a year’s membership to the Seattle Art Museum, a free glass blowing class as well as having her piece professionally framed. The judges shared how difficult it was to judge such diverse and unique art work created by each of the twenty eight young artists.
KCTS 9 was a gracious host to what was a rich time of sharing our students’ own unique “voice” and God’s giftedness with students and families from high schools in the Seattle area including Roosevelt and Ingraham High Schools. Please congratulate our twelve students on their willingness to explore and share their gifts in the area of the visual arts outside of our own community. Congratulate Abby on her award. To see some of the entries, stop by the Shoreline Christian School office where several are on display.