Fine Arts

 

The King's Academy tied for 1st Place Best Overall High School at the 2015 SCISA State Literary Meet.

Upper School participants include Harold Boatwright, Margaret Lee (1st Place HS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Eleanor Lee (1st Place Oral Interpretation HS Girls Humorous), Ryan McDaniel (2nd Place Oral Interpretation HS Boys Humorous), Lizzie Dean and Parker Brown.

Middle School participants include Sam Smith (1st place Oral Interpretation MS Boys Humorous), Abbie Norton (1st place MS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Emily Brock, Katy Brock and Hughes Milling.

Lower School participants include Tripp Creveling, Jayden Brunetti (1st Place 4th grade Poetry Recitation), Kaylee Hewitt and Josh Grosick.

TKA currently holds 24 Best Overall, 11 Second Best Overall and approximately 116 individual awards from the SCISA State Literary Meet.

Over the past years, The King's Academy has proven to be outstanding in the area of Fine Arts. The experienced and talented staff encourages students to use their God given talents to glorify Him in all manners, whether on the stage, the ladies ensemble, or art.

Students are instructed by incredibly gifted teachers who strive to develop within each student a love for the arts. Students are encouraged to discover their God-given talents and use them to honor and glorify His name.

All of our Fine Arts staff members bring their talents and experience to the Fine Arts Department to enhance TKA students' artistic endeavors as well as help them explore and develop their talents to God's glory. 

Mission Statement

The Lord God is the giver of every good and perfect gift.  We recognize this abundance of His grace and our response is to worship Him radically through every creative venue.  Our goal is to advance the Kingdom of God by demonstrating extreme excellence in the development and expression of every art form, whether traditional or newly innovative, thereby representing His character faithfully before the Church, Heaven and the world.

Art

Art is available to students in the Lower, Middle, and High School.
Instruction is age appropriate and the basic skills of drawing are consistently reinforced.Some of the student art projectsStudents will have a wide range of experiences to reinforce and form a basis for art expression. Each student will work in a variety of art media such as; water based paint, oil pastels, pen and ink, markers, crayons, and drawing pencils. Self expression is always encouraged and developed through creative use of materials. Each student will be encouraged to produce their personal best and to appreciate the talent of others. Art is offered as an elective to both Middle and High School students.Students will be encouraged to participate and create their best work for the SCISA Art Show.

 Recent Awards:

TKA brought home six awards from the 2014 SCISA State Art Competition!

  • TKA students won two first place, one second place, two third place, and one honorable mention in the 2014 State SCISA Art and Photography competition.
  • In the Three division Photography Competition for grades  6-12  Ari Hytti won both first place and honorable mention in Division I, and Alicia Smit took first place in Division II.  
  • In the Art Competition of 7 Divisions for first through twelfth grade  Katy Brock won Second Place in Division 5,  Skye Tucker won third in Division 7, and Bella Causey brought home a third place in Division 2.  

 

Staff Credentials

Wendi Norris holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Francis Marion University. Wendi is an artist who co-owns Faux Real Studios which specializes in murals, cabinet glazing and calligraphy, among other things. She has served as the Associate Teaching Director of Community Bible Study for the past two years. Wendi is married to Robbie and together they have two children. Her work has been published in Southern Living Magazine, Pee Dee Living Magazine and South Carolina Homes and Gardens Magazine. 

Drama

High School Musical Jr.Drama is a hands-on opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of acting, improvisation, reader's theater, and performance.

Students participate in performances with each other during class, competitions, school plays as well as for school chapel. High School drama covers the fundamentals of acting with a concentration on performance. Students will develop skills in acting through theater drill games, skits, and improvisations. They also explore techniques, method acting,  playwriting, oral interpretation, some puppetry, and stage and set design.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the TKA Christmas program, the SCISA State Literary Meet, SCISA Drama Festival, and The Spring Musical.  Past Spring Musicals include "Annie Junior", "Smoke on the Mountain", "Willy Wonka Junior", "A Place on the Mountain" (our first original musical), Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, in 2012 Disney's "Aladdin Jr.", "100 Years of Broadway", Disney's "High School Musical Jr", and Disney's Peter Pan Jr." 


FineArtsDramaThe school currently holds 24 Best Overall, 11 Second Best Overall and approximately 116 individual awards in drama and speech from the SCISA State Literary Meet and Drama competitions.

Staff Credentials

 

Past and Recent Awards

  • 2014 Premier Delegation
  • 2014 TKA student chosen as Alternant for CONA.
  • 2014 TKA student awarded the Susan Hitt Most Outstanding Attorney award.
  • The Optimist Club International Oratorical Speech Contest Club and Zone Winners-2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015 thus qualifying for District.

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    The Optimist Club International Oratorical Speech Contest District (State) Winners 2005, 2008
  • Veteran of Foreign Wars for Voice of Democracy Contest; Club and  Zone winners 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 2015 2nd Place in State.
  • YMCA Youth in Government:  (YIG) Premier Delegation 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015   YMCA YIG Best Witness 2009, YMCA YIG Outstanding Attorney 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 YMCA YIG Outstanding Statesman 2003, 2006, 2011, YMCA YIG Outstanding Attorney Team 2011, 2015; 3rd place, Alternate Attorney Team for YMCA National Mock Trials in Chicago, YMCA YIG Outstanding Newspaper Staff Award 2006. Most Outstanding Bill (Student Authors) 2009, 3 TKA students chosen for CONA 2012 (Conference on National Affairs), Most Outstanding Delegation to The King's Academy 2012, YMCA YIG Middle School Outstanding Statesman 2013. 2014 TKA student chosen as Alternant for CONA.  2014 TKA student awarded The Susan Hitt Most Outstanding Attorney Award. 2015 TKA Student awarded The Terry Haskins Scholarship Award for Christian Character.

AND… Awards from SCISA ( Individual awards are not included)

  • 1992  Newspaper  1st place Artwork
  • 1992  Newspaper  1st place News Article
  • 1999  Middle School One Act Region III Finalist
  • 1999  Middle School One Act  SCISA State 2nd Place
  • 2000  Upper School One Act Region III  Finalist
  • 2000  Upper School One Act  SCISA State 2nd Place
  • 2000   Middle School Best Overall SCISA State 1st Place
  • 2001   Middle School Best Overall State 2nd  Place
  • 2002   Middle School Best Overall State 1st   Place
  • 2003   Middle School Best Overall State 2nd  Place
  • 2003   Middle School Best Overall State 2nd Place One Act
  • 2004   Middle School SCISA Regional One Act 1st  Place
  • 2004   Middle School Best Overall SCISA State One Act 2nd Place
  • 2005   Upper School Best Overall SCISA State Literary 1st Place
  • 2006   Middle School Best Overall State Literary Meet  1st Place
  • 2006   Upper School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st  Place  
  • 2006   Middle School One Act Regional 1st  Place
  • 2006   Middle School  One Act State 2nd Place
  • 2007   Upper School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st place
  • 2008   Upper School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st place
  • 2008   Middle School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st place
  • 2008   Upper School Regional One Act 1st place
  • SCISA Fine Arts Award – Outstanding Contributions to the Arts through SCISA Literary Meet. 2004-2008 
  • 2009   Middle School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st place
  • 2009   Middle School Regional One Act 1st Place
  • 2009   Upper School Regional One Act 1st Place
  • 2009   Middle  School One Act State 1st Place 
  • 2009   Upper School  One Act State 2nd Place
  • 2010   Middle School Best Overall State Literary Meet 1st Place
  • 2010   Middle School One Act Regional 1st
  • 2010   Middle School State One Act 2nd  Place
  • 2010 Middle School Regional One Act 1st Place
  • 2010 Upper School Regional One Act 1st Place
  • 2011 Upper School State Drama Festival 2nd Place
  • 2011  Middle School State Drama Festival 1st Place
  • 2011  Middle School Best Overall State Literary Meet 2nd Place
  • 2011 Upper School SCISA Regional One Act 1st Place
  • 2011 SCISA State Drama Festival Runner Up (2nd place) Best High School One Act
  • 2012 SCISA State Literary Meet First Place Best Overall Middle School
  • 2012 SCISA State Literary Meet First Place Best Overall High School (Tied)
  • 2013 SCISA Literary Meet First Place Best Overall High School
  • 2014 SCISA Literary Meet Second Place Best Overall High School
  • 2015 SCISA Literary Meet Tied First Place Best Overall High School

Music

Elementary School Chorus gives students in 3rd-5th grades an opportunity to learn ensemble music as well as basic vocal techniques and performance skills.TKA hosted its first Pee Dee Regional Fine Arts Music Festival in March 2007. Professional adjudicators heard vocal, piano, band instrument, string soloists from grades 4th through 12th, as well as Middle School Chorus.  Their comments encouraged and further strengthened the instruction provided by TKA staff.  This was a wonderful experience in preparation and presentation of traditional repertoire in addition to contemporary genres. 

Staff Credentials

Kelli Lovell joined The King's Academy in 2003-2005 and trained 6-12 graders in chorus. Mrs. Lovell trained at Huntington College in Huntington, IN and is now stepping into the Lower School Music teacher position. She is a wonderful music teacher and an accomplished vocalist and piano and voice teacher.  Kelli Lovell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Her study of vocal performance includes many credit hours of vocal instruction and vocal pedagogy.  Kelli is very knowledgeable in the science of vocal pedagogy and has taught private vocal instruction for students for over twelve years. In addition to the usual Christmas and spring concerts, she has competed with her Middle School Ensemble in 2004 with a Superior rating at the SCISA Music Festival. Kelli Lovell has led worship with her husband, Jon David in New Zealand and Fiji Islands when they lived there in 2004-2005 with Youth With a Mission.The past two years she has led recitals at the Methodist Manor and Elmwood for her piano, voice and guitar students.  She has enjoyed the individual instruction and has found joy in recently teaching her 6 year old son how to play the piano. This past year she joined the Masterworks Choir, an auditioned elite choir, that is held in Florence, SC. She participated in the  2014 spring performance which consisted of Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Five Mystical Songs" and "Dona Nobis Pacem" and Anton Dvorak's "Te Deum." 

 

Elizabeth Hunter joined The King's Academy in 2016 as the 5th-12th grade chorus instructor. Miss Graham trained at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. She is a fun and energetic music teacher and an accomplished vocalist and voice teacher.  Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Her study of vocal performance includes many credit hours of vocal instruction, vocal pedagogy, music theory, and three vocal recitals that were a degree requirement for Miss Graham. She gave a thirty minuet voice recital her sophomore year and junior year and an hour voice recital her senior year. For each recital, she was to sing ten or more songs by memory in the following languages- French, German, Italian, Latin, and English. While in college, she was a member of the Anderson University Choir, Anderson University Concert Choir, Anderson University Opera Workshop and the Anderson University Contemporary Vocal Lab. Being a Vocal Performance major, Miss Graham, has been well trained in every genre of music. Elizabeth enjoys teaching individual voice lessons, and is very knowledgeable in the science of vocal pedagogy and has taught private vocal instruction for students for three years. In addition, Elizabeth is the Music Director at Bethel Baptist Church in Olanta, SC. She has a desire to train the younger generation to grow a passion to worship God with their whole hearts. Miss Graham leads worship services on Sunday mornings and evening. She also leads children/ youth choir and adult choir. This year she joined the Masterworks Choir, an auditioned elite choir, which is held in Florence, SC. She participated in the 2014 spring performance which consisted of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, and Paul Caldwell’s and Sean Ivory’s Hope For Resolution. Along with her music credentials, she is a seminary student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary studying to attain her Master of Arts in Christian Education. Her passion is to teach youth and children about God and to display his love for them. Her desire is to train the next generation to lead the church.Miss Graham is very excited to be at The King’s Academy. She is an alumnus, class of 2010, of The King’s Academy. She loves TKA and is excited to be at her Alma Mater once again.

Past Awards

  • 2015 SCISA Music Festival Individual Student Awards: 5 Gold Ratings, 1 Silver Rating
  • 2015 SCISA Music Festival Gold Rating for MS Ensemble
  • 2014   SCISA Music Festival Gold Ratings for Lower School,  Middle School, and US Choirs
  • 2014   SCISA Music Festival: Individual Students Awards:  6 Gold Ratings
  • 2013   Excellent rating for Lower School Choral for their performance at the SCISA Music Festival
  • 2011   SCISA Music Festival The US Ladies Choir won Gold Medal
    2011   The Middle School Chorus Won Silver Medal 
    2011   The Lower School Chorale Silver Medal 
    2011   Individual Band awards were 6 gold medals and 6 silver medals. 
  • 2010   Excellent rating for Lower School Choral
  • 2010   Gold medal for Upper School at the SCISA Music Festival
  • 2009   Superior rating for Lower School Choral
  • 2008   Excellent rating for Lower School Choral