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Education SceneBe Optimistic about opportunities for children in our community... Read this!High School, won the Best-In-Show – individual category. (Art Teacher: Mrs. Candace Knack.) Best-in-Show – group/class category, was “Land- marks of Battle Creek” by Beadle Lake Elementary K-4. (Art Teacher: Mrs. Bene Johnson.) People’s Choice was “Running Fox” by Libby Gresley from Harper Creek Middle School. (Art Teacher: Mrs. Jessica Swisher-Zim- merman.) Honorable Mention Award by the Judges was “Sole Full Curls” by Arianna Johnson from Riverside Elementary School. (Mentor/Teacher: Mrs. Lindsey Renoos.)The winners from the 2018 Opti- mist Excellence in Art Competition were: Bree Young, from LakeviewStudents will be judged on bothBY KAY PARKERThe goal of the Optimist Club of Battle Creek is to “Bring Out the Best in Kids.” They are working to pro- vide positive outlets and opportunities for our children through the develop- ment of programs in our schools and community.technical skill and originality. Awards will be presented for Individual 3D Art Winner; Individual 3D Art Runner-up; Individual 2D Art Winner; Individual 2D Art Runner-up; Individual Overall Prize Winner; and Group Art Winner. The judges will also award a “Best in Show” for individual artist and group artwork.On March 22, the Second Annual Optimist Excellence in Art Competition is being held for area children in grades K-12. This show will feature nationally recognized judges to review the work of our talented young contestants.We are pleased to announce that Lakeview Square Mall will be the venue for our 2019 art competition. The stu- dent’s artwork will be on display March 9-21. The public can view the artwork any time during Lakeview Square Mall business hours. The artwork will be judged on March 22. A Gala will be held on Friday, March 22, at the mall and is open to the students, family, and the pub- lic. During the Gala, attendees can view the artwork and bid on select pieces in a Silent Auction. 100% of money raised from any artwork sold in the Silent Auc- tion will be returned to that student’s school. Tickets will be available in ad- vance for $20, or $25 at the door. Tick- ets are available from a member of the Battle Creek Optimist Club or by calling 703-901-1245.DON’TMissOut!PLANTO ATTENDTherewill be a SILENT AUCTION to Purchase the Children’s Artwork. COME READY TO BID!THE OPTIMIST EXCELLENCE IN ART COMPETITION (K-12)Friday, March 22, 20196-8pmTickets $20 in Advance, $25 at the DoorTO PURCHASETICKETS INADVANCE PLEASE VISIT THE BATTLE CREEK OPTIMIST CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE, CONTACT A LOCAL BATTLE CREEK OPTIMIST MEMBER,OR CALL 703-901-1245Refreshments and Entertainment provided!Lakeview Square Mall(5775 Beckley Road in Battle Creek)22 SCENE 4403 I EDUCATION ISSUEThe competition will consist of two parts; a group competition and an indi- vidual competition. Schools across Cal- houn County have been invited to enter teams to compete in the group competi- tion. Examples of group projects include self-portrait collages, abstract pictures, and sculptures.The second part of the competition is the individual event. Exceptional young people will be competing for cash and prizes totaling $1,000.You can support our students and schools by coming out to the art show, attending the Gala, buying the artwork and/or becoming a sponsor for the event. Sponsorships are needed from local businesses and community mem- bers who want to support our schools and students. If you wish to sponsor this amazing opportunity for our stu- dents, please see a local Battle Creek Optimist Member, visit the Facebook page, or call (703) 901-1245 for more information.Scene Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of the Second Annual Optimist Excellence in Art Competition.

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