On Saturday March 18, 2017, ten students from each campus, Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC) kindergarten through grade 8, and Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS), were chosen to showcase their artwork at Rehoboth Art League’s “Young at Art” reception and awards ceremony.

Deciding which pieces would be shown wasn’t easy for the Delmarva Christian Schools (DCS) Art Departments. “For most, I chose the ones that showed mastery of the medium.  For example, Pedro used a wide variety of pen and ink strokes to depict in his landscape various foliage that looked both near and far away to the viewer,” said DCHS Art teacher Alice Betts.

On the other hand, DCMC Art teacher Mike Hague chose some of his students based off of their potential and hard work in class. “The students were chosen for different reasons. Some were chosen for their achieved artistic ability, some for their potential artistic ability and some for their coachable, strong work ethic.”

At the awards ceremony five DCS students were acknowledged for their artwork.  The 2017 James Kenneth Derrickson Memorial Scholarship winners including tuition-free Rehoboth Art League (RAL) classes for one year and all necessary supplies were DCHS junior, Sydney Nunn and DCMC fourth grader, Livi Dabbs (below).

Livi Dabbs

Delaware College of Art and Design recognized three students for scholarships in which all DCHS students were awarded. Tenth graders, Sophia Dykstra, and Hannah Czapp were given the Pre-College Scholarships that enables them to attend an all-expense paid, weeklong intensive studio and college experience at Delaware College of Art and Design. The $2,000 Scholarship to attend Delaware College of Art and Design was presented to DCHS senior Pedro Morales for his pen and ink artwork.

“I didn’t believe it. I thought they were lying. I knew it was a God thing because I normally don’t do art outside of school. He gave me the patience to complete it because it took awhile,” said Morales.

Adhering to the mission of proclaiming the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically and physically to know and do God’s will in their lives, DCS believes the art department is a critical component of a student’s learning experience.

“Art is a place where students can develop creative thinking and learning skills that build confidence, enhance focus, hone critical thinking and decision-making skills while having fun,” spoke Hague.

The “Young at Art” exhibit will be on display at the Rehoboth Art League until April 2, 2017 for all to view. On Friday March 31, 2017, Senator Carper will be touring the displays in order to demonstrate the importance of arts funding. Senator Carper’s office has asked RAL to invite some of the young artists award winners and Derrickson scholars along with their teachers to this press event.

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