The Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) is a K-12 state competition put on by the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) to encourage creative problem solving and collaboration. This year’s competition was in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, April 25th and 3 teams from Berlin High School participated.
Franki Farano and Haley Hicks (both Grade 11) worked as a team in the Painting Category with their mixed media piece, “Mechanical Hearts Bleed Blue.” This piece won the “Most Creative Award” in that category out of all the high schools in NYS! Savanah Clark-Koloski (Grade 12) competed in the Sculpture category with her mixed media piece “The Totem.” Haley Chaykowski-Jewett (Grade 11) rounded out Berlin’s submissions in the Illustration Category with her mixed media piece, “Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk.” A big thank you to Abby Sprague, Shelby Hasselwander, Bridget Hermann & Holly Hermann for assisting their peers with set-up and clean-up at the competition as well. 
Ms. Noles (MS/HS Art Educator) held an internal competition before selecting state competition submissions, as all students in her upper-level art courses created their OVA pieces as their course final project exam. Special recognition goes out to Holly and Bridget Hermann (Grade 9) who submitted a paper sculpture they created at home on their own, titled “Catching Butterflies.” Although not everyone’s submissions could go to the state OVA competition, all pieces were well-executed and Ms. Noles is proud of everyone’s hard work and dedication! 
ALL OVA pieces, as well as all the artwork made from students Grades 6-12 from this year in all art classes, will be on display Tuesday, May 22nd for the “Night of the Arts” at the MS/HS from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. In addition to the end-of-the-year art exhibit, there will be the National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony, a Best in Show Competition, Photography Raffles and the celebration of the wall mural! See the website for more details on this event. Please join us! 
More information about NYSATA’s OVA can be found at Berlin CSD participates in OVA annually.