LARKSVILLE —Morgan Massaker said she had trouble communicating when she was younger, but art helped her overcome her difficulty.
Morgan, 9, is a fourth-grade student at Wyoming Valley West’s State Street Elementary School, and she is one of three students there who will have art judged at the state level.
It’s all part of a contest sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Pennsylvania called “A Basketful of Arts.” The GFWC-West Side Women’s Club sponsored the area contest. Deidre Miller Kaminski, chairwoman of the event, said 186 students entered the contest and all offered “excellent” works of art, making the judging extremely difficult.
“Our club wanted to sponsor the contest to get the students involved in an arts competition,” said Kaminski. “Our goal is to help assure that the arts continue to be offered to students. We want to promote art education and celebrate achievement in art.”
Morgan, of Pringle, won for her painting, while Plymouth fourth-grader Kyra Heller, 10, and Larksville fifth-grader Jared Zawatski, 11, will compete in the photography category. Kaori Scavone, 8, of Edwardsville, won at the district level for her pencil drawing.The state winners will be announced in April.
The area contest was judged by Jill Barrouk, art teacher at State Street, and Rosemary Luksha, a retired art teacher and local artist. Irv DeRemer, Valley West’s director of elementary education, helped to organize the event, and Missy Parry served as co-chairwoman
“These are really great kids with great imaginations,” Barrouk said.
“I’m very proud of all of our students who competed in this contest,” said Amy Scibek, principal at State Street. “And to have three advancing to the state competition is really outstanding.”