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Elementary School Juried Youth Art Exhibition

2018 marks the 29th year that the Sioux City Art Center has coordinated a juried youth art exhibit.  The focus this year, which changes annually, was on elementary school students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade

Each art teacher in the Siouxland area was encouraged to submit artwork for inclusion in the exhibition.  The criteria upon which the work was selected included individual creativity, personal expression, and excellence in workmanship.  The goal of this exhibition is to recognize the most outstanding art work done by Siouxland children.  

            A total of 440 2-D and 3-D art pieces were submitted from 27 teachers in thirty public and private schools throughout the region, with only 81of the submissions chosen for the exhibition.

            Gehlen Catholic is honored to have three works of art included in this exhibit.  Addison Embrey, first grade daughter of Stephen and Kelly Embrey, had her clay frame/fingerprint drawing accepted.  The title of her piece was “Missing a Tooth.”  Aurora Conrad, 4th grade daughter of Jesse and Amanda Conrad, had her chalk pastel drawing titled “Cat” picked for the exhibit.  Maile Narkon, 4th grade daughter of Mark and Tara Narkon, had her clay ice cream sundae titled “Topped with a Cherry” accepted for the exhibition. 

Mrs. Schlichte commented, “It is so gratifying to see these students’ work picked to be exhibited in a public place.  I applaud them for their outstanding creativity and craftsmanship.  This juried youth art exhibition is always a tough competition with many schools involved, so I am elated for these three young artists.”

Addison, Aurora, and Maile, along with the other award winners, received recognition on Sunday, February 18 during the Youth Art Exhibition opening reception.  The reception was held from 1:30 to 3:00 at the Sioux City Art Center.  The Presentation of Awards started at 2:00 p.m.  All students participating in the exhibition received a certificate of artistic achievement and the place winners were recognized.   The reception was open to the public; students, families, and friends were strongly encouraged to attend.

Debra Marqusee, Sioux City Art Center education coordinator, commented, “I find the art of these young students so refreshing!  With the guidance of their instructors, the artwork is honest, from the heart, and sure to put a smile on people's faces.”  The exhibition runs through April 8.

Jeff Augustine -2018 Ice Cream Days Logo Winner

A school project that just happens to involve one of your favorite pasttimes. That’s how the story begins for Gehlen Catholic freshman Jeff Augustine of Le Mars.

Augustine is just one of many Gehlen students enrolled in an art class taught by K-12 Art Instructor Beth Schlichte.

Each year, Schlichte tasks the students with taking part in the Le Mars Ice Cream Days Logo Contest.

“In class, we discussed what a logo is, looked at several company logos and then began the process of defining what Ice Cream Days is all about before the students began creating their own logo that would define the event,” Schlichte said.

That homework assignment was right up Augustine’s alley, because after a day at school one of his favorite things to do is come home and enjoy a bowl of ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream.

That special treat was just the inspiration Augustine needed for his contest entry.

The drawing will be integrated into all the marketing and promotions for the 2018 Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ice Cream Days which runs June 13-16.

“I’m very surprised to have my logo chosen, but very excited. It will be cool to see everyone wearing it on T-shirts,” he said.

Augustine will be riding in the Ice Cream Days parade sporting one of those shirts on Saturday, June 16, prior to competing in the 2018 J-Club Baseball Tournament.

“I would like to thank the chamber for picking my logo and thank Mrs. Schlichte for assiting me through the process,” Augustine said.

Gehlen Catholic Art Students Celebrate "Poppy Day"

GOD BLESS AMERICA poppy poster winners
Poppy Day-- -
a day designated to honor the men and women who have served/are serving in the United States armed forces and fought so vigorously to keep our country freea day to pay special tribute to the red, the white and the bluea day we thank God for all of the freedoms with which we are so truly blessed.

Since 1921 the poppy has been the memorial flower of the American Legion Auxiliary. It was on the French battlefields that many poppies bloomed; it was here that it became a symbol of the tragedy of war and renewal of life following World War I. The red on the flower stands for courage and the green leaves remind us of the torn bodies. It was in the early 1920’s that the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars began selling poppies for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans. 

Poppy Week is usually observed as the week that ends on the Saturday before Memorial Day. However, Gehlen Catholic th6 grade students learned about it earlier in the year as part of a unit on good poster design. In art class, they created posters to enter into the annual Le Mars American Legion Auxiliary Post #241 Poppy Poster Contest. The students were glad to show their support and express their gratitude to all veterans for the sacrifices they made and continue to make for our country.

The Legion Auxiliary members judged the 6th grade posters using the following criteria: poster appeal (layout, message, and originality), artistic ability (design and color) and neatness. A total of 38 posters were entered  from Gehlen Catholic. Congratulations to the following winners from this year’s local contest: 

1st Braden Bollin
Son of Jeremy and Kellie Bollin
Michael Stegge
Son of Joe and Sandy Stegge
2nd Brenna Bock
Daughter of Randy and Amber Bock
Shayla Dreckman
Daughter of Chad and Beth Dreckman
3rd Kaden Hanks
Son of Kelly and Misty Hanks
McKenna Sitzmann
Daughter of Darin Sitzmann and Beth Sitzmann

Braden's poster received overall winner and is currently in competition at the district contest.  In May, many of the windows in the Le Mars business district will be decorated with these patriotic poppy posters. This is just a small way these young artists can pay tribute to our brave servicemen and women.


Youth on Main Street 

Youth on Main Street is sponsored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Main Street program and the City of Le Mars Historic Preservation Commission.

Mission Statement: The mission of Youth on Main Street is to inspire and develop young citizens of the Le Mars area to be informed leaders committed to utilizing talents, diversity and creativity for the betterment of our community.

Goal: The goal is to educate, inform and empower the students about downtown Le Mars, the business community and its history and architecture. Each year's group will be expected to complete one tangible project in the downtown that will enhance the community.

Program Description:

Time commitment:

Once a month, from September to May, the group will meet for two hours at the Le Mars Chamber office for educational presentations, site visits or perform hands-on work in downtown.


Adult Coordinators: Rich Ziettlow and Becky Klohs

Code of Conduct:

Dress code: Wear attire appropriate to the activity.


Participants are strongly encouraged to attend every session. Two unexcused absences results in termination from the program. It is the participant's responsibility to inform the adult supervisors if they wilt be absent from an activity.


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