The Wyland National Art Challenge encourages students from across the United States to think about the many conservation issues facing the world and interpret them through art. The theme for this year was “Water is Life.” In addition to the recognition, each student won $50 to be used for art supplies.
Lynn DeLong, MVCS art teacher, explained, “There is only one winner per grade, so to have three students from our school win is quite impressive.”
MVCS believes in educating and nurturing the whole child: mind, heart, and body. As Assistant Principal Kari Hollerbach explained, “We are committed to providing our students with an education that goes above and beyond a traditional academic foundation. Our students are taught from a biblical perspective with a focus on character development and manners. We believe that incorporating weekly enrichment opportunities in art, as well as in music, STEM, and physical education, helps our students achieve greater success in and out of the classroom. From our kindergarten through eighth-grade classes, we have created a 21st century learning environment that develops critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.”
MVCS winners include James B. (kindergarten) who creatively used tissue paper and sponge paint to show fish teeming in the ocean; Elly B. (3rd grade) who incorporated watercolor and Zentangle designs to evoke a beautiful image for the theme "Water is Life;" and Savannah B. (7th grade) who captured the sunset, shimmering water, and the whale's tail with complementary colors, purple and yellow. Great job Crusaders!