By JOSEPH PRATT
The Girl Scouts of Clay Local School District impressed the community last week with their first-ever art show that featured the talent of the elementary school. Troop 1190 sponsored the event and kept it open admission to all of the school’s troops. 1190 troop leader Julie Warnock has been behind the scenes, making everything possible. The art show had many categories for the girls to choose from, such as painting, drawing, sculpting and 3-D.
“Junior troop 1190 organized the art show as part of its Amuse Journey Award, ‘Your Heart, Your Art, Your Part.’ The show was open to any Girl Scout at Clay Elementary and we had four troops participate and represent the Daisies, Brownies and Juniors,” Warnock said. “Angel Harris, elementary art teacher, and Tiffany Moore, high school art teacher, both volunteered to judge and were great to have.”
The projects were judged by the amount of skill the child showed, the amount of effort, and the rank of the Girl Scout.
Honorable mention ribbons went to Madison Nigh, Jensen Warnock, Lila Brown, Savannah Hobbs, Taylor Mullins, Lorrie Swords, Bailey Howard and Claire Sanford.
Trophies for first place and best in show went to Abby Clausing, Renae Sanford, Megan King, Brooklyn Thompson, Bailey Colley, Jacy Gearheart, Lorrie Swords, Sarah Widdowson, Delanie Gilliland, Jaelyn Warnock and Taylor Mullins.
“All of our girls went above and beyond in their projects,” elementary art teacher Angel Harris said. “This art show showed that we had a lot of talent in this area, and I am very proud of all of the students that entered.”
Kindergartner Abby Clausing is a daisy and submitted artwork in the drawing category. She won first place in the daisy category.
“I drawed a bunny. I like bunnies very much, because I think they are so cute,” Clausing said. “I really like being a Girl Scout, because I really like to sell Girl Scout cookies.”
Fifth-grader Madison Nigh is a junior Girl Scout and submitted a drawing and collage. She received an honorable mention with her drawing of a mountain range and heart-shaped doorway leading to them.
“I thought that the art show would be really cool, and it has been,” Nigh said. “I wasn’t sure on the turn out, but everything has been really nice and everyone has had a lot of fun with the show. I enjoy being a Girl Scout, because it is a way for me to learn the stuff that we can’t learn in other places, like camping and stuff.”
Delanie Gilliland, another fifth-grader at Clay Local, and first-year member of Girl Scouts, entered a piece into the painting category. She decided to tackle the topic of equality in her painting, and received first place for the Junior Girl Scouts.
“I painted a picture of a bunch of people from different cultures holding hands in front of the Earth. The idea just kind of came to me while I was in CVS and noticed different types of people,” said Gilliland. “I think anyone can be a Girl Scout; black, white or whoever.”
Kindergartner Renae Sanford won best in show out of all of the Daisys.
“I drew a picture of my dog, Teddy, because I like him,” Sanford said. “I liked doing the art show, because I really wanted to win something, and I did!”
Abbie Ware, a fifth-grader and second-year Girl Scout, submitted artwork in the drawing category.
“I drew a girl, a dog, and I also drew a nature picture. The nature scene had a tree, surrounded by grass, with birds and a bee,” Ware said. “The dog that I drew for my project is my dog. I love her; she is always playing with us or sleeping with us all of the time.”
Darby Garrett, fifth-grader and four-year member of Girl Scouts, submitted a painting in the art show.
“I painted an abstract painting for the art show. All I did was splatter paint on the paper and it turned out really cool,” Garrett said. “It was really easy, too. All I had to do was pretend the paper was my brother and started throwing the paint everywhere.”
Hannah Phipps, fourth-grader and second-year Girl Scout, submitted a 3-D barn made of Popsicle sticks.
“The art show has been really fun and creative, and has been a great way to connect with other Girl Scouts from the other troops,” Phipps said. “I really liked making my barn; parts of it got hard, but it was fun. I liked being in the show.”
Julie Warnock said she is impressed with the turnout with the art show and is hoping to continue with it in the future.
“All of the Girl Scout troops really seemed to enjoy themselves with this project and that makes it worth it,” Warnock said.