In the late 1990s, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts created waves as a magnet school for the Indian River School District. Now, SDSA wants to “recognize some of our former students and celebrate their contributions to society, as well as their successes,” said Principal Travis Bower. “To recognize these individuals, we’re going to induct a selection of distinguished alumni in to the inaugural class of the SDSA Walk of Fame.”
A handful of nominees will be inducted during the 20th anniversary celebration in early February. The plan is to write or engrave their names on floor tiles throughout the school.
“If you are a graduate or know a graduate that has made an impact on their community, their state or any endeavor that has supported the arts, please share this with them,” Bower said. “We’re looking forward to seeing all the amazing things our students have done.”
The goal is to honor outstanding individuals who graduated from SDSA and who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of endeavor; the arts; or service to the community, state or nation. Nominees must have completed eighth grade at SDSA, at any point since the school opened.
When Bower became principal of the school this summer, a staff discussion about successful SDSA grads quickly morphed into brainstorming a way to recognize some of their accomplishments, which range from designing costumes for Lady Gaga to performing professionally on cruise ships and in live shows.
“But it doesn’t have to be the arts. It just had to be a passion they followed and made an impact to society,” Bower said.
Nominations are due Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Anyone may submit a nomination, which must include a written response, plus any optional supporting documents, as needed.
The 2019 Induction Ceremony will be held in February.
“We’re open to hearing about any of our great former alumni,” said Bower, who also encouraged alumni to “come back and visit and help our arts program grow.” The arts really let the students shine, he said, especially since SDSA has no sports teams.
The Southern Delaware School of the Arts educates children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Besides the traditional arts, music and dance productions, they also emphasize using arts to teach traditional classroom subjects.
Details and nomination packets are online at http://sdsa.irsd.net/our_school/walk_of_fame. For more information, call (302) 436-1066.
By Laura Walter