Student talent on display at Central Montcalm Education Showcase

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 8:14 am on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hallways were filled with spectators, and artwork, at Thursday’s annual Central Montcalm Education Showcase. Daily News/Lori Hansen

STANTON — Spectators think nothing of it when they wait in line to get into a basketball arena or a football stadium to watch their favorite team. They are excited to see what their team can do.

That same excitement was visible last Thursday night at the 40th annual Education Showcase at the Central Montcalm Middle School-High School complex.

The showcase, an event that showcases works from all kindergarten through 12th grade students, had more displays than previous years, and also brought it more spectators.

“It is a great community event that lets the community come in and see what our students do,” Superintendent Kristi Teall said. “This is a great turnout. We have hundreds and hundreds of people here tonight.”

The seventh- through 12th-grade art exhibit was displayed through the halls and media center of the high school and presented works made of papier mâché, ceramics, saran wrap, duct tape, paints, chalks, inks and many more media.

The pre-K-8th grade students fFilled tables in the gym with projects and works for the academic fair.

“I came to see my daughter’s projects,” said proud mom Cherie Pharr of Sheridan about her daughter Amanda’s line and ink drawing. “But I came to see everyone’s stuff too.”

Max Trimper put his paintings up for sale as a way to earn funding for Project Prom. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

“I’ve been coming to them all since my oldest daughter was in school, so about 10 years now,” Pharr added, “But I’ve never seen it when I had to stand in line to just get into the building.”

A new display this year was artwork sold by Max Trimper.

Trimper, who is wheelchair bound, had 36 paintings to sell. With the help of para-pro Dar Simpson, Trimper painted the works with items such a styrofoam ball and a spoon, kitchen brushes, marbles and more.

“It began when Max wrote about an artist for a report. We then wrote to him, and he gifted Max with a pallet and paints,” Simpson said. “Mrs. Ruggles (high school art teacher) encouraged him, but it was Max’s idea to sell his works with proceeds going to Project Prom, a program that helps purchase items for prom, items such as dresses, a meal, or anything prom related.”

Spectators were also presented the entertainment of musical art. Members of the high school band, a ballroom dancing group and the choirs all gave performed selections.

“This is one of my first years back. I used to have the older ones in school and now I am back with my younger three,” said Shannon Kilduff, of Sidney, the mother of Jacob, 6, Nora, 7, and Lilly, 6.

“There is definitely a lot to look at,” she said.

Local agencies, such as Rotary Club, Montcalm Community College, Montcalm Area Career Center, the Montcalm Area for Behavioral Health, Lion’s Club and more, had display tables among the lobby, handing out brochures and hangers.

The Lion’s Club also presented Libby Ladlgorf with a plaque for her work on a Peace Poster. She garnered $50 as prize money.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

Shannon Kilduff and three of her children — Jacob, 6, Nora, 7, and Lilly, 6 — looked at all the displays at the annual Central Montcalm Education Showcase. Jacob liked the dioramas best. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

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