Images of World War I: Student art captures impact of conflict

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Joelle Hegge, fourth-grader: Soldiers didn't just sacrifice their lives, they sacrificed their futures.


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Museum of The Albemarle recently displayed artwork by students who won an art contest on a World War I theme.

The display included five pieces of artwork. The students who created the art are Joelle Hegge, fourth-grade; Sicily Hegge, sixth-grade; Michaela Anne Meads, 10th-grade; Charity Martin, 11th-grade; and Haven Stiles, 12th-grade.

Those students are first-place winners in their grades. The title of the contest was, “Remembering the Sacrifices of the Great War, World War I.” The contest was held in commemoration of the centennial of the conclusion of World War 1.

Many of the pieces include patriotic statements by the students. For instance, Haven included the words: “For all the women, families, and men for making this country the way it is today.”

Joelle’s inscription was packed with emotion: “Soldiers didn’t just sacrifice their lives. They sacrificed their futures.”

Charity depicted a woman sewing a blanket and added two statements that shed light on her theme: “Save the blankets for our boys over there” and “Do your bit for America.”

Information that accompanied the contest rules states: “The Museum is interested to see how the topic inspires students to remember the men, women and families that gave so much to the great cause.”

Entries had to be submitted by Oct. 19 and the winners were announced Nov. 2.

Lori Meads, educator at MOA, said a grant from the Elizabeth City Foundation enabled the museum to present cash awards to the first-place winners.

“We would not have been able to offer the cash awards without the Elizabeth City Foundation,” Meads said.

The contest was open to fourth- through 12th-grade students from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, from the 13-county area served by MOA. The 13 counties in the museum’s service area are Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington.

Artwork could be in any medium but could not be larger than 11 inches by 14 inches.