Leadership art exhibition empowers students through creativity



Earlier this month, 10 students from the Palmer Catholic Academy were recognized in Crayola’s 2016-2017 Empowering Students through Creative Leadership Art Exhibition.

Crayola offers the exhibition as an “opportunity for students to explore their vision, confront their fears, become collaborators and learn to balance priorities.”

The national contest was open to students from pre-k through 12th grade. Each grade level faced a slightly different challenge under the umbrella, “What Creative Leadership Means to Me.”

Four Palmer students, eighth-grader Sarah DosSantos, sixth-grader Delaney Porazinski, fourth-grader Ramey Neace and third-grader Jacob Valenzuela were selected as finalists in Crayola’s National Art Exhibition.

In a congratulatory letter to the students’ art teacher, Katie Corrigan, Crayola Art Expo representative Susan Dobias praised the students’ work.

“The finalists’ artwork showed a true connection to the theme, had stunning visual appeal, presented age-appropriate critical thinking and responded to the theme with originality,” Dobias said.

Thousands of pieces were submitted from students across the country with the top 30 finalists becoming part of the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent curated collection of “globally inspiring” children’s art on display in Washington, D.C.

“We are very grateful to Crayola for such a wonderful opportunity to build creative leadership and encourage self-expression in our student artists,” said school principal Linda Earp.

Though the artwork for the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent collection had reached maximum capacity, Dobias said they will make room for new pieces.

“We were so inspired by your students submissions we’d like to provide an opportunity for their art to be included in Crayola’s Education Resources,” Dobias said.

Those students include Kate Fennell (fourth grade), Isabella Bushkell (seventh grade), Mary Clare Stinneford (fifth grade), Miel Reyes (eighth grade), Jacob Norgart (second grade) and Sara Valenzuela (seventh grade).

“Each submission provided a look into the mind of the student artist,” Dobias said. “We were truly inspired by the powerful ways students connected creative leadership to their personal experiences.”

The four finalists will receive a plaque featuring a replica of their original artwork and artist’s statements while all 10 students and their teacher will receive $200 in Crayola products.