Dogwood Students Participate In The Delta Fair

Dogwood Elementary students had a strong showing at the Delta Fair, which was held in Memphis from September 1-10.

The Dogwood art department entered nine pieces of student artwork into the Student Art Contest. Out of those entered, kindergartener Jolie Sipniewski, first grader Sarabeth Malinka, and second grader Lucy Gallagher took home ribbons for their animal drawings. Third grader Alma Oswald won a ribbon for her art, which depicted a treasure map. Jolie and Sarabeth took home cash prizes for their art!

“We are so proud of how hard our students worked on their pieces,” art teacher Ashley Luyendyk said. “All the winning artwork is mixed media and exemplifies our students' creativity.”

Other Dogwood students showcased their talents in the performing arts.

Fifth grader Shreya Sompalli and fourth grader Bess Phipps competed in the Star of the Fair competition, which exhibits the vocal talents of young people in the Memphis area. Shreya, singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked,  was invited to the finals for the first time in many years of participation.

Shreya takes private singing lessons with Savannah Brister once a week, and she practices outside of lessons. 

“I love singing because you get to control the pitch and how you sound,” Shreya said. 

Bess, who performed “Good Girl Winnie Foster” from Tuck Everlasting, also works hard to prepare so that she can display her talent. She works all year at The Music Box choir program. They meet at least once a week to rehearse, and they perform as a group all around the city. 

“I feel like it gives me confidence to sing,” Bess said. “It’s just just fun!”

Both ladies showed poise on stage as they sang for the judges.

Fourth grader Hope Taveau participated in the Dancing Stars Competition, which is a contest for dancers ages 6-21 in the Memphis area. Hope performed a tap routine called No Bad News with her group. She had been practicing for months at Performing Arts, her dance studio. She takes about 4 hours of dance classes every week.

“I love being able to get exercise with friends,” Hope said. “It feels good.” 

The Delta Fair is a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and to learn new skills. The Dogwood Elementary students who participated in the fair had a lot of success, and they are all to be commended for their hard work and dedication to the visual and performing arts.