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    Achievement in the Arts Awards    

    Westmoreland Cultural Trust recently celebrated its 19th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards program. Fifty-four high school seniors from 18 Westmoreland County schools were celebrated for their excellence and outstanding achievement in music, theatre and visual arts. Three students from each school were nominated by a teacher and were presented with their award on stage at Greensburg Garden & Civic Center.

    Students from Derry Area High School who received awards are left to right: Natasha Martin for Theatre, Monica Shaffer for Visual Arts and Jessica Downs for Music. Congratulations!

    2017 Art Expo
    The Reviews Are In!
    The reviews are in! With a crowd of over 280 people, the Derry Area School District 6-12 Art Expo is a great success! If you missed the opening last night, you only have two more chances before the show ends Thursday. The hours are Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

     Actual viewer comments written to the students:

     “Great art work – keep it up!”

    “Thank you for taking the time to “expose” it. Keep up the great work!”

    “Art is awesome!!”

    “Nice job!”

    The 2016 Spring Lake Collection is now available! 
        Original Art & Literature by the students at Derry Area High School, Derry, Pennsylvania. 
    The Spring Lake Collection is an anthology magazine that is jointly produced by the Visual Art and English departments at Derry Area High School. The annual publication is designed to feature some of the best of our students’ original writing and artwork. These works are submitted by both students and teachers and are juried for entry. The selected works are then presented in various professional formats, including a full-color magazine edition. The non-profit booklets are for sale to the public at a nominal cost; any proceeds that might be generated would benefit student activities or student-supported charities at the high school.
    Support the arts and creative writing in our public schools and order your copy today! The new magazine format is only $6.99, plus tax and shipping! Follow the link below or scan the QR code with your smartphone for more details and to place an order.
    Grades 6-12 District Art Expo 2016
    This week is the Art Expo for grades 6-12 at the Derry Area School District, Tuesday May 10th through Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Middle School gym. (Just look at these examples of high school students and how they improved in their drawing skills in just one semester!) There is a special reception for the student artists and their friends and family on Wednesday night! Stop in and see more of these amazing works of student art! 
    Spring Lake Collection 2016
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    The annual Spring Lake Collection magazine is now accepting student entries for the 2016 edition. The full-color magazine features original art and writing exclusively by the students here at Derry Area High School. See Mr. McWherter in the art room or your English teacher for a free entry form. Forms and details are also available on our district website under the Arts tab. Entries are due Friday, April 29th, 2016.

    CLICK HERE to download a 2016 Spring Lake Entry Form! 
    Highlights of art classes, student art work and innovations in the
    Visual Arts Department, Derry Area High School!


    Credit line: All artwork is original work by the students atDerry Area High School, unless otherwise indicated.

    Artman, the beatnik artist character design and Ethel the Spring Lake Monster character design and the Visual Arts Department “D” logo are all copyright works by RS McWherter, DAHS Class of ‘75, all rights reserved.

    Music is courtesy of Danosongs.com.

    Disclaimer: Any errors or omissions are unintentional. Please send corrections and additions by email to rmcwherter@derryasd.k12.pa.us so we can post it here.


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