And The Winners Are....

May 8, 2000, was a proud day in the lives of over a dozen local Kindergarten through 12th grade students. It was the day they celebrated the awards they'd earned by their participation in the annual North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts and Education (NCAFAE) ''Creative Arts Day.''

 

Above: Standing in front of a wall full of entries, Sue Pico, NCAFAE executive director shares smiles with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the Kindergarten through 6th grade ''Creative Arts Day'' poetry, creative writing, and visual arts competition. 

Below: Lou Wilson (far right), NCAFAE president, shares the stage with the Arts competition 7th through 12th grade winners.

Founded in 1990, the NCAFAE dedicates its efforts to 

reaching out to touch as many lives as possible with an experiential appreciation of the creative arts. Catching the dreams of young and old alike, the NCAFAE sponsors and coordinates a broad range of programs, workshops, events, and specialty activities, designed to make learning about the arts enjoyable, rewarding, and fun.

The annual ''Creative Arts Day'' is the finale to a school-year full of  ''art in action'' programs, all of which are designed to promote enjoyment of the Fine Arts and includes such things as a Sunday Concert Series that runs from September through May. 

All this is the NCAFAE effort to make quality family-style entertainment available locally to everyone in the region they serve, which includes Van Buren, Cleburne, and Stone counties in North Central Arkansas and involves students from 15 school districts in addition to homeschooled kids.

This year's Creative Arts Day garnered over 60 entries from four school districts and two homeschool groups. Entertainment for the award ceremonies was presented by ''Toucan Jam'' and ''Still On The Hill.'' (Click ''Concert For Kids'' to read more.) 

The theme of this year's competition was ''Pride In Our Heritage,'' and the Award winners were:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

Joshua Weiss, Home School, Visual Art, K-6 grade

Cale Smith, Clinton Schools, Visual Art, 7-12 grade

KINDERGARTEN - 3rd GRADE

Visual Art

1st - Joshua Weiss - Home School, Shirley

2nd - Winston Gross - South Side Schools

3rd - Shawna Weiss - Home School, Shirley

Poetry

1st - Shawna Weiss - Home School, Shirley

2nd - Winston Gross - South Side Schools

3rd - Joshua Weiss - Home School, Shirley

Creative Writing

1st - Joshua Weiss - Home School, Shirley

2nd - Shawna Weiss - Home School, Shirley

4th - 6th GRADE

Visual Art

1st - Amanda Hall - South Side Schools

2nd - Shalom Weiss - Home School, Shirley

3rd - Adrian Sliffe - South Side Schools

Poetry

1st - Amber Gross - South Side Schools

2nd - Shalom Weiss - Home School, Shirley

Creative Writing

1st - Shalom Weiss - Home School, Shirley

7th - 9th GRADE

Visual Art

1st - Christopher Pickle - Home School, Clinton

2nd - Adam Weiss - Home School, Shirley

3rd - Jesse Gibbing - Westside Schools

Poetry

1st - Krista Maree Maggard - Clinton Schools

2nd - Autumn Mathis - Scotland Schools

3rd - Adam Weiss - Home School, Shirley

Creative Writing

1st - Adam Weiss - Home School, Shirley

10th - 12th GRADE

Visual Art

1st - Eva Vargova - South Side Schools

2nd - Cale Smith - Clinton Schools

3rd - Patria Ostrom - Clinton Schools

Poetry

1st - Alyson Passmore - Clinton Schools

2nd - Eliesha VanHoak - Clinton Schools

3rd - Dewane Holt - Scotland Schools

Creative Writing 

(no entries)

For more information about the NCAFAE, its work and the programs it sponsors,  visit their Webpage, or contact Sue Pico, 501-745-2146, sjpico@artelco.com

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