Arts Day 2022 - “Courage”
Welcome, Prayer, & Announcements
12 Instrumental: “Sonata Semplice” by Mozart
Caleb Rice, Dylan Zhu
10 Dance: “Red Ribbon” by Madilyn Bailey
11 Instrumental: “Edelweiss” by Rogers & Hammerstein
Haley Harper, Ashley Park, Megan Wenzel
9 Vocal: “Symphony” by Maggie Leese
10 Band: “Impossible” by James Arthur
Maria DeRosa, Ana Gallego, Meagan Reed, Claudia Zhang
12 Vocal: “Train Wreck” by James Arthur
11 Piano: “Croatian Rhapsody” by Maksim Mrvica
9 Dance: “Solo” by Jennie Kim
12 Instrumental Video: “Biko” by Peter Gabriel – Unjudged
Dance: “Brilliant Act” – Unjudged
10 Small Vocal: “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift
Ana Gallego, Addison Maurer, Olivia Moyer, Abigail Neiderer, Meagan Reed, Eden Schrag, Anna Smith
12 Monologue: “Baseball vs. Football” by George Carlin
11 Small Vocal: “Fly Away Home” by Pinkzebra
Emma Celenza, Marlyse Giesbrecht, Kayla Godshall, Haley Harper, Sophia Lacher, Ainsley Moyer
11 Large Vocal: “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
Matthias Brockington, Emma Celenza, Sarah Curry, Mikaela Davis, McKenzie Derstine, Yuchen Duan, Zach Frederick, Marlyse Giesbrecht, Kayla Godshall, Haley Harper, Sophia Lacher, Trinity Landis, Micah Mast, Nacho Morera-Barona, Katelyn Newell, John O’Donnell, Nolan Vaszily, Megan Wenzel, Anakin Yang, Eric Zheng
10 Dance: “The Endless Waiting” by Sida Guo
9 Band: “The Greatest” by Sia
Amanda George, Yebeen Lee, Maggie Leese
11 Skit: “Distraction Mario Kart” – Unjudged
Katherine Kardos, Sam Laux, Nacho Morera-Barona, Zach Neff, John O’Donnell, Nolan Vaszily
11 Band: “Rockin’ the Paradise” by Styx
Emma Celenza,Tyler Derstein, Marlyse Giesbrecht, Micah Mast, Ainsley Moyer
9 Vocal: “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift
11 Small Vocal: “Holy” by Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper
Anakin Yang, Eric Zheng
10 Piano: “Victory” by Two Steps from Hell (Akmigone version)
12 Vocal: “Blackbird” by The Beatles
10 Vocal: “It’s You” by Ali Gatie
Eliana Farmer, Anna Smith
Musical: “History Has Its Eyes on You” – Unjudged
9 Dance: “Dynamite” by BTS
12 Band: “Transform” by Daniel Caesar ft. Charlotte Day Wilson
Shayne Farmer, Tomir Johnson, David Michel, Alex Yoo
Please take time to admire the culinary arts, fabric arts, photography, and visual arts entries displayed in the pond-side entry, the cafeteria, and the back of the auditorium.
THANK YOU to our judges:
Creative Writing Kelley Royce
Culinary Arts Diana Ward
Fabric Arts Amy Gillan
Photography John Bernardo
Stage Events Rod Derstine, Rachelle Kratz, Sarah Scorzetti
Visual Arts Mandy Martin
Arts Day 2022 Winners
Student & Grade
Katherine Wenzel, 12
Abigail Neiderer, 10
Morgan Camilleri, 9
Mikaela Davis, 11
Aaron Sensenig, 9
Ian Hunsberger & Ben German, 12
Ashley Lapp & Leah Al-laty, 10
Lydia Longacre, 12
Jenna Detweiler & Lily Hunsberger, 9
Morgan Camilleri, 9
Emily Irvin, 11
Tess Jones, 11
Laurel Latt, 12
Bobby Jo Dodds, 11
Eli Alderfer, 11
Aaron Sensenig, 9
Ellie Supplee, 12
Ainsley Moyer, 11
Steven Liu, 11
“Distraction Mario Kart” 11 & “Dynamite” 9
“Train Wreck” 12
4th place - 9th grade
3rd place - 11th grade
2nd place - 10th grade
1st place - 12th grade
Arts Day 2022 Judges
Creative Writing: Kelley Royce
Published writer with experience in government, business and the nonprofit world
Taught writing and public speaking as an adjunct professor at Eastern University
Favorite authors include Jane Austin; CS Lewis; JK Rowling; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Ken Follett and JRR Tolkien
Recently moved to Denver where she enjoys being close to family and the beautiful Rocky Mountains
Culinary Arts: Diana Ward
Is an under-graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Has a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences
Has a Masters degree in Education from Wilkes University
Is a retired culinary arts teacher from Spring-Ford High School
Enjoys cooking, eating, and all things pleasurable with food
Fabric Arts: Amy Gillan
Is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania – with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences
Is a juried fabric arts contributor/judge
Is a former Family and Consumer Sciences teacher – local area public schools
Enjoys crafting, volunteer work with area thrift stores, and her family
Photography: John Bernardo
2005 graduate of Dock Mennonite Academy
Graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Philadelphia-based photographer specializing in fashion and portraiture
Visual Arts: Mandy Martin
Is an award-winning Pennsylvania artist, and parent of a Dock student, whose work features abstract floral and landscape imagery
Resides in beautiful Bucks County
Is a beach lover and enjoys escaping in the winter to lush Caribbean destinations which also inform her color palettes and landscape work
Has been part of multiple juried exhibitions including at the New Hope Art Center; the Annmarie Arts Center in Solomon, MD; and the Banana Factory in Bethlehem.
Hopes that her work will inspire viewers to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unexpected places, and to take care of the earth
Graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in 1970 where he sang in Touring Choir and participated in soccer, basketball, and track
Went to Eastern Mennonite University where he graduated with a BA in Music Education in 1974
Taught at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Oregon for 10 years with a two year hiatus when he received a MM in Vocal Performance at Ohio University in 1978
Beginning in the fall of 1986, taught music and Bible at Dock Mennonite Academy for 30 years
His highlights at Dock were directing the Touring Choir and touring with them locally and internationally, and acting as musical director for around 25 shows, his favorite of which was Les Miserables in the fall of 2004
Married for 44 years to Rachel, who is a talented musician/teacher/artist. They have been enjoying their present home location in Center City, Philadelphia. Rod and Rachel are the proud parents of two daughters, Kate & Liz.
Currently the music director at Salford Mennonite Church in Harleysville
A 2006 graduate of Dock Mennonite Academy
Enjoyed participating in dramas, worship dancing in chapels and choreographing dances for Arts Days when she attended Dock and is thrilled to be here today taking in the arts.
Loved being the choreographer for some of Dock’s musicals, such as The Sound of Music and Newsies.
Taught creative movement and various levels of ballet technique classes for 10 years at Feet First Dance Center.
Has performed and choreographed pieces for various shows with Feet First.
On occasion, she has the privilege of judging dances to be presented in Ursinus College’s Dance Concerts.
Is the Director of Children’s Ministries for Souderton Mennonite Church.
While at Souderton Mennonite, she has been blessed to be creative through helping direct a Christmas musical, has led dance workshops, and has choreographed several children and teen worship dances.
Graduated from Dock in 2012 where she participated in dramas from backstage
Has a BA in theater from Eastern Mennonite University where she focused on directing and stage management
Studied art and theater history in Central Europe
Worked on projects for the DC and Philly Fringe Festival and interned with Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia
Today she puts her energy into a day program for people with disabilities with Peaceful Living
Arts Day at Dock Mennonite Academy's Grades 9-12 Campus is a day to celebrate our students’ God-given talents and abilities. We want to recognize and share the gifts God has given to celebrate the arts, and give students the opportunity to perform on stage while demonstrating technical skill and creativity.
Arts Day 2021 was different. For starters, it was virtual, but there were quite a few other changes as well.
The video below describes Arts Day and how this year's competition was different from other years.
You can find additional information can be found in the description and rubrics posted below.
The theme for Arts Day 2021 is “Can you imagine?”
About Arts Day 2021
Why Arts Day 2021 was a celebration of the arts unlike any other.
Every Arts Day performance, starting with 9th grade and ending with Grade 12.
The Winning Entries
(In order as they appear in the video)
1 - Abigail Neiderer, Dance
2nd Place, Stage Events
2 - Olivia Moyer, Photography
3 - Anna Smith, Abigail Neiderer, Eliana Farmer, Lost Boy
people's choice award - 9th grade
(begins at 10:45 on the video)
4 - Ainsley Moyer, Fabric Arts, Pencil Skirt
2nd Place (Tie), Fabric Arts
5 - Emily Irvin, Poem, "The Weight of Our Words"
6 - Steven Liu, Visual Art, Visible Time
7 - Haley Harper, Culinary Art, Heart-Shaped Cake
8 - Emily O'Rourke, Visual Art, "Forever Friendless"
9 - Emma Celenza, Creative Writing, Poem, "The Glorious Earth"
10 - Celeste Derstine, Tiffany Oponski, Culinary Art, Cake
11 - Mikaela Davis, Handcrafts, Handmade Rings
12 - John O'Donnell, Creative Writing, Poem
13 - Emily Irvin, Fabric Arts, Kite Pillow
14 - Marlyse Geisbrecht, Ainsley Moyer, Matthias Brockington, Micah Mast, Sophia Lacher, "Imagine," John Lennon
15 - Eli Alderfer, Photography, "Absence of Color"
2nd Place, Photography
16 - Steven Liu - Culinary Arts, Galaxy Cake
17 - Tess Jones, Visual Art, "Our Guiding Light"
1st Place, Visual Art, people's choice award - 10th Grade
(begins at 28:00 on the video)
18 - Lydia Longacre, Culinary Arts, Funny Cake
19 - Meghan Jurin, Culinary Arts, Fruity Surprise
2nd place, Culinary Arts
20 - David Michel, Tomir Johnson, "Stuck on You"
21 - Clara Benner, Culinary Arts, Chocolate-Filled Orange Babka
22 - Maggie Dowell, Laurel Latt, "I'm Still Standing," Elton John
23 - Savannah Youssef, Culinary Arts, 3-Tiered Cake
24 - Katherine Wenzel, Creative Writing, "Wonder"
2nd place (tie), Creative Writing
25 - Dylan Zhu, Visual Art, "Fantasy"
2nd place, Visual Arts
26 - Shayne Farmer, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," Jackie DeShannon
27 - Debi Boerner, Handcrafts, Knotted Bookmark
28 - David Michel, Alex Yoo, "Won't Live Here," Daniel Caesar
29 - Katherine Wenzel, Handcrafts, Arrowhead Bracelet
1st place, Handcrafts
30 - Clara Benner, Fabric Arts, Upcycled Dress
31 - Cara DiNapoli, Creative Writing, Shakespearean Sonnet
32 - Tomir Johnson, "Happier," Ed Sheeran
People's choice award - 11th grade
(begins at approximately 1:04:06 on the video)
33 - Cassidy Williams, Handcrafts, Friendship Bracelets
34 - Isabella Benner, Culinary Arts, Strawberry Crunch Cake
1st place, Culinary Arts
35 - Sydney Putera, Dance
36 - Mirabel Fizzano, Creative Wrtiting, Poem, "Imagine"
1st place, creative writing
37 - Sara Kennel, Laura Frederick, Marciella Shallomita, "Lifeline," Wee Three
38 - Cassidy Williams, Fabric Arts, Strawberry, Orange, Blueberry, Banana Snakes
2nd place (tie), Fabric Arts
39 - Mirabel Fizzano, Laura Frederick, "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman
40 - Lydia King, Isa Rodriguez, Culinary Arts, Funnel Cake
41 - EmmaRose Thompson, Fabric Arts, Angel's Wings
1st place, fabric arts
42 - Luke Sharp, Photography
1st place, Photography
43 - Savahn Duerksen, Kylie Godshall, Culinary Arts, The Perfect Cake
44 - Sara Kennel, Songheon Kang, "Distance," Emily King
1st place, stage events
Images from Arts Day 2021
Screen captures from video entries submitted by students for Dock's virtual Arts Day 2021
Seniors Sara Kennel and Song Kang used split screen to effectively demonstrate the vast distance—and 14-hour time difference—between them. Sara shot her scenes here; Song, a remote learner this quarter, shot his scenes in South Korea.
“Can You Imagine?”
A Dock Mennonite Academy Virtual Arts Day Like No Other
Covid-Modified, February, 2021
1. Includes at least one recording in each of the categories (maximum of 2 entries per student):
b. Culinary Arts
d. Visual Arts
e. Creative Writing
f. Fabric Arts
g. Hand Crafts*
* New category for 2021. Refer to the video (above) for a description.
2. Follows all CDC/PA State Guidelines concerning the Coronavirus (e.g. masked at all times, socially distanced, etc.). Individual entries for all categories with the exception of stage events.
3. Is 20-45 minutes in length (total).
4. Is submitted to Mr. Darwin Zehr by Friday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.
5. Is shown to the student population during Chapel/Activity on the following dates:
- Friday, February 19 - Freshmen
- Monday, February 22 - Sophomores
- Tuesday, February 23 - Juniors
- Wednesday, February 24 - Seniors
6. Is judged by outside judges. Students to vote for top entry in each grade (People’s Choice).
7. A compilation video of best scoring entries from all grades will be available to the public after performances are viewed by students.
8. A gift card will be given to each student who participates.
Verbal narration can be done by any person in the class—does not have to be the person who created the piece. Creative writing—could read excerpt (if short story).
- If needed, sign up to record on campus (advisor time, etc.) with faculty supervision
- All tech completed by students (will be judged as submitted)
- For all categories except stage:
- Students should include physical piece in the video AND
- Picture of piece and paragraph submitted separately
Judging Rubric (Individual)
Excellence in execution of performance or showcasing piece _____ out of 40
3-5 sentences stating name(s), title of piece, and connection to theme, spoken by a member of the class _____ out of 20
Excellence in use of camera angle, lighting, composition, video, still photo, etc. _____ out of 20
Covid Protocols Followed
Masked, distanced, etc. In-person stage events do not exceed 6 people _____ out of 20
Total _____ out of 100*
*Submissions will be judged individually and a total composite score (percentage**) will be determined for each class resulting in one class winner.
Final Grade Total Calculations
**Percentage points (up to 5% for each) will be deducted in the following circumstances:
- Grade does not meet the total number of required entries (7 total, 1 in each category)
- Total length does not meet the 20-45 minute requirement
Judging will be completed in advance by outside judges. The Fine Arts Committee will total the scores and announce the winner.
Fine Arts Committee members: Laura Martin (interim chair), Kathy Kennel, Jordan Kolb, Rose Lambright, Michelle Sensenig, Tim Swartz, Darwin Zehr
Scenes from Arts Day 2020
Arts Day 2020 Program: Light
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” by Elton John (Pentatonix version)
Matthaias Brockington, Rachel Michel, Tiffany Oponski
Timothy Brown, David Michel, Devon Ridge, Alex Yoo
Mirabel Fizzano, Songheon Kang, Sara Kennel, Jacob Shreiner
Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Ruth Michel, Christian Rush, Ralph Saint-Fleur
Welcome, Prayer, Announcements
12 Large Vocal: “Flashlight” by Pitch Perfect 2
Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Elizabeth Davidar, Abigail Delp, Giana DePaul, Christine Hu, Kate Landis, Sydney Leaman, Olivia Messina, Ruth Michel
Cailey Ridge, McKenna Rodriguez, Emma Robb, Greta Schrag, Cedar Smith, Reagan Zehr
11 Small Vocal: “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves
Mirabel Fizzano, Laura Frederick
10 Dance: “My New Swag” by VAVA
Rebecca Liu, Fiona Zhang
9 Instrumental: “Light ‘Em Up” by Fall Out Boy
Rachel Edenfield, Marlyse Giesbrecht, Ashley Park
12 Small Vocal: “Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith
Sydney Leaman, Miguel Santiago
11 Vocal/Dance: “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez
Savahn Duerksen, Kylie Godshall, Songheon Kang, Sara Kennel, Lydia King, Sydney Putera
10 Piano Solo: “Moonlight Sonata, 3rd Movement” by Beethoven
9 Band: “Light Years Away” by G.E.M.
Steven Liu, Bruce Sun, Jenifer Xie, Owen Yuan, Lisa Zhang
12 Dance: “At Last I See the Light” from Tangled
Bryanna Dix, Abigail Delp, Jenna Dragone
12 Band: “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago
Jonathan Anderson, Adam Berry, Evan Mong, Jesse Mong, Dalton Moore, Jacob Schimek
11 Dance: “Forever Young” by BLACKPINK
Gina Ren, Rhea Song
10 Large Vocal: “Let Her Go” by Passengers
Tim Brown, Ashlann Gerber, Summer Hondros, Emma Kratz, Sophia Messina, Melissa Moyer, Devon Ridge, Alex Yoo
Ben Lare - drums, David Michel - piano
12 Band: “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend
Jake Derstine, Darius Ellis, Dominick Ross
11 Piano Duet: “Glow of a Firefly” by Chikai Inagaki
Moon Hu, Sherry Hu
10 Vocal/Instrumental/Dance: “Wonderful U” by AGA
Rebecca Liu - vocal, Fiona Zhang - dance, Alex Zhu - piano
11 Small Vocal: “Eyes Nose Lips” by Eric Nam
Laura Frederick, Isabella Rodriguez, Marciella Shallomita
9 Large Vocal: “Fireflies” by Owl City
Cooper Brannon, Matthias Brockington, Sarah Curry, Mikaela Davis, Tyler Derstein, Celeste Derstine, Kenzie Derstine, Zach Frederick, Kayla Godshall, Haley Harper, Sophia Lacher, Micah Mast, Rachel Michel, Ainsley Moyer, Tiffany Oponski, Megan Wenzel, Anakin Yang, Olivia Zaskoda, Eric Zheng
12 Vocal/Instrumental: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Jonathan Anderson, Calvin Derstein, Chase Gambol, Braden Landis, Evan Mong, Jesse Mong, Christian Rush, Ralph St.-Fleur, McKade Trauger
10 Skit: “Fire Drill” from The Office
Isabel Bergin, Debi Boerner, Maggie Dowell, Summer Hondros, Elle Loux, Katherine Wenzel, Marilin Yanes, Savannah Youssef
11 Piano Duet: “Beautiful Disaster/Brand New” by Jon McLaughlin and Ben Rector
Laura Frederick, Songheon Kang
12 Large Vocal: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Elizabeth Davidar, Abby Delp, Giana DePaul, Calvin Derstein, Jake Derstine, Bryanna Dix, Jenna Dragone, Darius Ellis, Alison Keach, Micah Kratz, Braden Landis, Hannah Landis, Kate Landis, Sydney Leaman, Elizabeth Longacre, Hannah Mellinger, Olivia Messina, Ruth Michel, Dalton Moore, Cailey Ridge, McKenna Rodriguez, Christian Rush, Miguel Santiago, Greta Schrag, Cedar Smith, McKade Trauger, Sophea Zaskoda, Reagan Zehr
10 Vocal/Instrumental: “Streetcar” by Daniel Caesar
Ben Lare - Drums, David Michel - Piano, Alex Yoo – Vocals
11 Dance: “Leave a Light On” by Tom Walker
Tabitha Bennefield, Mirabel Fizzano, Sara Kennel, Sydney Putera
10 Vocal: “Rise Up” by Andra Day
9 Instrumental: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
Haley Harper, Megan Wenzel
12 Large Vocal: “Tokyo Sunrise” by The Swingles
Jonathan Anderson, Olivia Celenza, Carlie Cocco, Bryanna Dix, Braden Landis, Hannah Landis, Kate Landis, Ruth Michel, Christian Rush, Miguel Santiago, Greta Schrag, McKade Trauger