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The SCEA surprises winning student artist with Best in Show prize

On Wednesday March 2nd, The SCEA suprised Anna Dellinger of Fort Mill High School with the Best in Show Prize for The SCEA's 7th Annual Art Contest.
The art contest winner poses with The SCEA President Sherry East, The SCEA mascot Ollie the Owl, her art teacher, and her family. Pictured left to right: Art teacher Kelly Lucarelli, The SCEA President Sherry East, Anna Dellinger's mother, student artist Anna Dellinger, Anna Dellinger's father. Lucarelli and Dillinger are both holding large checks, and Sherry East is holding a print of Dellinger's award winning art.
Art contest winner Anna Dellinger poses for a picture with her art teacher Kelly Lucarelli, The SCEA President Sherry East, The SCEA mascot Ollie the Owl, and her family.
Published: 03/03/2022

Key Takeaways

  1. The Annual Read Across South Carolina Art Contest promotes literacy and art across South Carolina with the theme "From the Mountains to the Sea, Read with Me."
  2. Anna Dellinger was selected as the Best in Show award for the 7th annual Art Contest from among 190 submissions statewide.
  3. “Anna’s artwork highlights the importance of literacy across South Carolina and the power reading has on your imagination.”

FORT MILL, SC – On Wednesday, The South Carolina Education Association (The SCEA) surprised student artist Anna Dellinger of Fort Mill High School to announce Anna as the Best in Show winner for The SCEA’s 7th annual Art Contest.

The SCEA received over 190 submissions of original artwork from student artists across the state, all reflecting the theme “From the Mountains to the Sea, Read with Me.”

“The South Carolina Education Association is honored to award Anna with Best in Show,” said The SCEA President Sherry East. “Anna’s artwork highlights the importance of literacy across South Carolina and the power reading has on your imagination.”

Anna is a student of Visual Arts Teacher and The SCEA member Kelly Lucarelli. The Annual Read Across South Carolina Art Contest promotes literacy and art across South Carolina and brings recognition to individual students, their teachers, and schools.

“I am thankful to The SCEA for providing this amazing opportunity for the creative students across South Carolina,” said Kelly Lucarelli. “Empowering students to utilize their imaginations through both art and literacy creates endless possibilities for their futures.”

Anna’s inspiring art is now featured on custom t-shirts provided to all members of her class and will be featured alongside other winners at EdVenture in Columbia from April 4-11, 2022, for “The Week of the Young Child.”

The Read Across South Carolina Art Contest is part of The SCEA and National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America year-round effort to connect students with diverse books and the joys of reading beyond a single-day event.

“Let’s celebrate a nation of diverse readers not only on Read Across America Day but all year long,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “Together, we can make lifelong readers of kids in your lives by continuing to read diverse and inclusive books in the months to come.” 

The Facebook Live recording of the award presentation can be found here.

For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, visit readacrossamerica.org

Follow us on Twitter @TheSCEA and @NEAtoday. #readacrossamerica

a picture of the winning artwork
Anna Dellinger's award-winning artwork.
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