DHS Art Students Shine in Contest

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Twenty-eight students at DeKalb High School earned awards in the 2014 Regional Scholastic Judging at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In front, from left, are Caren Hernandez, Tiffany Goller, Shalyn Bowman, Hope Kelham, Celina Timmerman and Grace Kessler. In the middle row are Bryan Sutton, Montana Sebert, Olivia Faber, Camille Day, Dyllian Fender and Kortney Yarian. In back, from left, are Gold Key Award winners Elizabeth Baucco, August Dunson, Morgan McCollough, Karlee Miller, Alora Swafford, Logan Babcock and Teddy Lepley.                                                                PHOTO CONTRIBUTED 

AUBURN — Art students at DeKalb High School won 28 awards in the 2014 Regional Scholastic Judging at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. 

The winning students will be recognized for their accomplishments Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. All winning work will be on exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from Feb. 9-April 6. 

Students who won the competition’s highest honor, the Gold Key Award, will have their artwork sent to the National Scholastic Judging competition. 

Six DeKalb students earned a total of eight Gold Key Awards in photography: senior Celina Timmerman, “Sinking Fascination” and “The Watcher;” sophomore Morgan McCollough, “Hello, My Name is Slut;” junior Hope Kelham, “Superseding the Glass Ceiling;” Tiffany Goller, “Cotton Candy Crusaders” and “Time Needs Not Explain Itself;” Logan Babcock, “Domestic Documentation;” and Camille Day, “Wasted Waiting.” 

Other Gold Key Award winners from DeKalb are: senior Shalyn Bowman, painting and photo, “Addicted” and “Despair;” senior Dyllian Fender, charcoal drawing, “I Respect Your Wishes;” Caren Hernandez, charcoal drawing; senior Grace Kessler, painting, “Our Shadows;” Tedd Lepley, paintings, “Hellacious Dominion” and “Veiled Technology;” Alora Swafford, drawing, “A Child Abuse Report is Made Every 10 Minutes;” August Dunson, wire sculpture; Karlee Miller, wire sculpture; and Dyllian Fender, ceramics and glass, “Never Let Go.” 

Silver Key Awards went to: Shalyn Bowman, acrylic painting, “I’ve Come Undone;” Olivia Faber, Sharpie drawing on skateboard, “Hands In Motion;” senior Dyllian Fender, charcoal drawing titled “I Am Not Done;” Teddy Lepley, painting, “Scarce Aspirations;” Kortney Yarian, distorted oil pastel portrait drawing; and senior Celina Timmerman, photo, “The Runaway.” 

Honorable mention award winners are: Elizabeth Baucco, charcoal drawing, “Meadowlark Omen;” Shalyn Bowman, two acrylic mixed media pieces, “Conformist” and “Voluntary Exile;” Teddy Lepley, painting, “Conflicting Amour;” Bryan Sutton, drawing, “Pattern On In and Around;” Grace Kessler, ceramic and glass, “New Antique;” and Montana Sebert, photograph, “Without a Trace.” 

DeKalb High School art teacher Amy Buchs said the Fort Wayne region has ranked in the nation’s top 10 for several years in the competition. The region includes more than 50 high schools from northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio. 

“DeKalb High School continues our tradition of ranking high in the proportion of overall winning students,” Buchs said. “Congratulations to all of the art students who participate. The level of art skill and creativity is absolutely amazing. 

DeKalb art instructor Sarah Zimmerman received the “most successful new teacher” award for 2013. Kelly Kruse also serves in the art department as the ceramics and sculpture instructor. 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host its “Formal and Funky Event” to announce the national winners Monday, March 17. Students from DeKalb High School will take a bus to the event to enjoy music, entertainment and food. Buchs said the The Art League will cover the fees of $5 per student. 

Article from The Star on Friday, January 31, 2014