20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards

    On Sunday, May 20, 2018, the Westmoreland Cultural Trust held it’s 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards Celebration at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg by recognizing three Derry Area High School seniors with Awards of Artistic Merit. This year’s awardees from Derry include Brandon Pease for Music, Caelan Reilly McChesney for Theatre and Jessica Myers for Visual Arts.

     For two decades now the Trust has continued the tradition of annually acknowledging the creative endeavors from 54 area high school seniors for their exemplary skills in music, theatre and visual arts. The Derry students were nominated by their faculty and advisers and were presented their awards by Westmoreland County Judge Jim Silvis and Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio on stage at the historic Palace Theatre.

     Pictured from left to right: Judge Jim Silvis, Court of Common Pleas, Derry awardees Jessica Myers for Visual Arts, Brandon Pease for Music, Caelan Reilly McChesney for Theatre and Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, Court of Common Pleas.


    The reviews are in! The 2018 DASD Art Expo is a great success! These are the actual written comments of the first-night attendees! 

    “The artwork is amazing! You are all extremely talented.” 

    “Beautiful display!”

    “Cool projects! I can’t wait to do them!” 

    “All very “nice!” 

    “Great work.” 

    “All really good work. Lots of effort.” 

    “Nice job!”

    “Love it! Fabulous work by awesome kids!” 

    “Impressive! I really enjoyed looking at all your amazing artwork!”

    “WOW! So impressed with the talent of the students here at Derry!”

    “Awesome job by all!”

    Exhibition continues tonight through Thursday night, May 10, 2018, 6-8:30 pm!

    Derry Area School District 
    Grades 6-9 ART EXPO
    Middle School Gym
    May 8, 9 & 10, 2018 
    6- 8:30 pm 


    Achievement in the Arts Awards    

    Visual Arts

    Richard S. McWherter, Visual Arts

    Bethany Perri, Visual Arts

    Brian Sabo, Visual Arts, Chair