Celebrating creativity in Sampson

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]
Alondra Espinoza spends time looking at her artwork with Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes, arts education coordinator for Sampson County Schools. -
Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy speaks to supporters during the district’s art reception at J.C. Holliday Library. -
During the Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception, students receive recognition for their work. The students are Jacob Ratliff, Clement Elementary; Alondra Espinoza, Midway Elementary; Molly Hobbs, Hargrove Elementary; Sophie Trujillo, Hobbton Elementary; Norma Zavala-Yanes, Roseboro Elementary; Tito Santiago-Canales, Salemburg Elementary; Rylin Griffin, Plain View Elementary; Gricelda Velasquez-Mejia, Union Intermediate; and Aris Rodriguez, Union Elementary. The district teachers are Michael Lepore, Angela Thornton, Lynn Spell, Tina King and Mary Malpass. -
Middle school students and their teachers earn recognition for their art work. The students recognized includes Cassandra Montes, Hobbton Middle School; Cailyn Culbreth, Midway Middle School; Anna Tart, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School; and Gracie Pridgen, Union Middle School. Their teachers are Carla Taylor, Lesley Allen, Alan Brinson, and Ashley Knowles. - -
During a recent arts reception a group of high school students receive awards. Pictured are Josue Valle, Hobbton High School; Joanna lopez, Lakewood High School; Layla Comfort, Midway High School; and Alicia Calvillo, Union High School. The district teachers are Jennifer Jackson Bass, Lee Howard, Rhonda Powell, and Krystin McPhail. - -
Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy presents an award to Jacob Ratliff of Clement Elementary School. - -
Patrons mingle during the inaugural Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception. - -

Inside the J.C. Holliday Library, Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy enjoyed watching a large crowd embrace the arts as they gazed at pieces created by students.

The inaugural Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception was held Tuesday afternoon. Bracy said he wanted to give students a platform to display talent and creativity.

“We have some of the most talented kids I’ve ever seen,” Bracy said. “Anytime that we get a chance to display that, I think it’s very important. We have some great art teachers who’ve done a great job of teaching our kids. This night is special for them as well. We’re excited that so many people turned out.”

Several creations were submitted and a committee selected one piece to represent each school. A panel of judges picked them, not knowing the artists or the building it came from. The art will be displayed at the library for the next two weeks, before it goes to district’s central office. During the ceremony, Bracy gave trophies to the winners from each school. Student’s from Union High School’s FFA assisted school officials with the event.

While speaking to the audience, Bracy said he spends a lot of time bragging about Sampson’s students to others in the state. With teachers present, he also applauded their work and acknowledge parents.

“Thank you so much for all that you do,” Bracy said to the parents. “You are the driving force behind everything in our school system, events like this, and wonderful things that we do every year and each and every day.”

Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes, arts education coordinator for Sampson County School, added that arts are non-tested subjects, but are still important for academics.

“Just because the arts are not tested, does not make them any less important in a child’s education,” Holmes said to the crowd. “Please, always support arts education. And when I say arts education, I do mean the visual arts that we have on display here, music, dance, and theater arts.”

Lee-Holmes showed appreciation for the support shown by office administrators.

“It’s always good to have that support from administrators,” Lee-Holmes said. “To be able to see the hard work that children put into their work and into their classes is always good.”

Teachers Krystin McPhail of Union High School and Lynn Spell of the Lakewood District said it was a great initiative for Bracy to start.

“It’s a really good experience for our students,” McPhail said. “They don’t get recognized enough for all the hard work that they do. It’s good to bring recognition to the arts in Sampson County. Sometimes it’s overlooked.

Spell shared some of the same feelings.

“One of the most impressive things about it to me was our superintendent, Dr. Eric Bracy, was the one who initiated it,” Spell said. “It really makes me feel supported.”

Along with fellow administrators, Principal Monty Strickland of Midway High School spent part of his afternoon looking at art displayed in the library.

“The arts is something we support in Sampson County Schools, certainly in Midway,” Strickland said. “I’m proud of our participants.”

Alondra Espinoza spends time looking at her artwork with Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes, arts education coordinator for Sampson County Schools.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__1.jpgAlondra Espinoza spends time looking at her artwork with Dr. Rue Lee-Holmes, arts education coordinator for Sampson County Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy speaks to supporters during the district’s art reception at J.C. Holliday Library.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__2.jpgSuperintendent Dr. Eric Bracy speaks to supporters during the district’s art reception at J.C. Holliday Library.

During the Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception, students receive recognition for their work. The students are Jacob Ratliff, Clement Elementary; Alondra Espinoza, Midway Elementary; Molly Hobbs, Hargrove Elementary; Sophie Trujillo, Hobbton Elementary; Norma Zavala-Yanes, Roseboro Elementary; Tito Santiago-Canales, Salemburg Elementary; Rylin Griffin, Plain View Elementary; Gricelda Velasquez-Mejia, Union Intermediate; and Aris Rodriguez, Union Elementary. The district teachers are Michael Lepore, Angela Thornton, Lynn Spell, Tina King and Mary Malpass.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__3.jpgDuring the Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception, students receive recognition for their work. The students are Jacob Ratliff, Clement Elementary; Alondra Espinoza, Midway Elementary; Molly Hobbs, Hargrove Elementary; Sophie Trujillo, Hobbton Elementary; Norma Zavala-Yanes, Roseboro Elementary; Tito Santiago-Canales, Salemburg Elementary; Rylin Griffin, Plain View Elementary; Gricelda Velasquez-Mejia, Union Intermediate; and Aris Rodriguez, Union Elementary. The district teachers are Michael Lepore, Angela Thornton, Lynn Spell, Tina King and Mary Malpass.

Middle school students and their teachers earn recognition for their art work. The students recognized includes Cassandra Montes, Hobbton Middle School; Cailyn Culbreth, Midway Middle School; Anna Tart, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School; and Gracie Pridgen, Union Middle School. Their teachers are Carla Taylor, Lesley Allen, Alan Brinson, and Ashley Knowles.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__4.jpgMiddle school students and their teachers earn recognition for their art work. The students recognized includes Cassandra Montes, Hobbton Middle School; Cailyn Culbreth, Midway Middle School; Anna Tart, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School; and Gracie Pridgen, Union Middle School. Their teachers are Carla Taylor, Lesley Allen, Alan Brinson, and Ashley Knowles.

During a recent arts reception a group of high school students receive awards. Pictured are Josue Valle, Hobbton High School; Joanna lopez, Lakewood High School; Layla Comfort, Midway High School; and Alicia Calvillo, Union High School. The district teachers are Jennifer Jackson Bass, Lee Howard, Rhonda Powell, and Krystin McPhail.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__5.jpgDuring a recent arts reception a group of high school students receive awards. Pictured are Josue Valle, Hobbton High School; Joanna lopez, Lakewood High School; Layla Comfort, Midway High School; and Alicia Calvillo, Union High School. The district teachers are Jennifer Jackson Bass, Lee Howard, Rhonda Powell, and Krystin McPhail.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy presents an award to Jacob Ratliff of Clement Elementary School.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art__6.jpgSuperintendent Dr. Eric Bracy presents an award to Jacob Ratliff of Clement Elementary School.

Patrons mingle during the inaugural Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Art_7.jpgPatrons mingle during the inaugural Sampson County Schools Superintendent’s Artist Reception.
Superintendent hosts first reception for the arts

By Chase Jordan

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Reach Chase Jordan at 910-592-8137. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-592-8137. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.