Agape Christian School took top honours at the Bahamas’ E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival/Exhibition 2014 with Hannah Bonamy achieving the top award for her division and for the entire Bahamas.
Cecile Albury, Principal of Agape Christian School, said “We normally enter the National Arts Festival with music – with singing and keyboards and drums and different things like that – this year we entered, for the first time ever, some of our artists.”
The school ended up the top school in the entire Bahamas and two of their students – Hannah Bonamy and Johanan Cartwright – placed first and second respectively.
She said “we are very appreciative to God for all he has done through the students and the teachers we have had and we are hoping to see more good things as we go forward into the future.”
She said they entered one student’s work for the junior high division but to date hasn’t heard what happened in that division at all. In the senior high division Johanan Cartwright placed second in his category and Hannah Bonamy, the Agape 2014 Valedictorian, placed first in her division and first in the nation.
Mrs. Albury said that some of the credit goes to their former art teacher Stacey Adderley. They also had some help in that department from Mrs. Renee Bethel, as well as some tutoring on the side over the last year from Tiffany Williams.
She said that Hannah got two awards and helped Agape win first place in the nation overall for arts and crafts. “So the school has a nice trophy that they had on display at the Agape Art Explosion several weekends ago, and their artwork was on display there as well,” she said.
Hannah is at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on a partial scholarship. Mrs. Albury said that Hannah’s parents were willing to fly her into Nassau to go to Government House to receive the awards herself, “but she felt that it would be inappropriate to skip school and lose time there and it would be less expensive for her mom to go. It was a pleasure to travel with Dr. Therese Bonamy there,” she said.
“One of the pieces [by Hannah] that was on display was a beautiful photograph of a young woman that she did while she was at SCAD last summer doing a five week summer school program with them in which she earned to college credits with a 4.0 and she got a scholarship to go to that.”
“That’s how good she is. And really and truly a lot of the work was done with her through us was with Mrs. Adderley; so she really gave her a lot of good pointers,” Mrs. Albury said.
She said one of the works by Hannah was a drawing of a skeleton that she did with pencils and another piece was a still life that she did in charcoal pencils.
Johanan, who placed second in his division, said “my artwork was different stuff I have done over the year, like a picture I took for a different competition that I ended up not placing in, and the trash can picture was from my BJC Art project.” He said that they also sent something else – a graphic design for a business – but didn’t get it back in time for the art show.
He said there was also an image with parrots on the Bahamian flag which he made as a gift for the Governor General and the Prime Minister and last year’s grade six carried it on their class trip.
“I was shocked, for coming in second,” he said. “There were just some different things I did and I didn’t think I would place to be honest.”
He said the works he submitted were a blend of photography, digital art and some hand drawn pieces.
“It felt really god; I was really happy. It has pushed me to do more; to spread out my artwork and do different things.”
Raquel Albury also received an honorable mention, which she said she was very happy about. She said the pieces of work submitted for her were photographs.