When Adam, a Dakota Memorial School (DMS) day student, took his first art class a couple of years ago, he fell in love with photography.
Since then, DMS art teacher, Alana Wilhelm, has helped him hone his skills; and last fall she encouraged him to enter some of his work into the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. The regional competition, hosted by the Red River Valley Writing Project and Plains Art Museum, is very prestigious and competitive—only 5% of students who enter the competition win regional recognition.
When they announced the winners last fall, three of five of Adam’s entries earned recognition. He won a Gold Key Award and an American Visions Nomination for “Fork on Black and White," pictured above. Adam's photograph “Pillar of Water" received an Honorable Mention, and “Balance,” received a Silver Key Award.
“Fork on Black and White” advanced to the national competition this spring.
Dakota Memorial School is the on-campus school of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.