Student Creativity Showcase

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How do you express your creativity?

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Student Creativity Showcase sponsored by Neiman Marcus.  The results are in!

People’s Choice, Grades 2-5: Dhaya Shankar
People’s Choice, Grades 6-8: Keira Cloud
People’s Choice, Grades 9-12: Vanesa Trejo Muratalla
Judge’s Choice, Grades 2-5, Performing Arts: Katherine Bible and Kaliyah Murillo
Judge’s Choice, Grades 2-5, Visual Arts: Dhaya Shankar
Judge’s Choice, Grades 2-5, Other: Lila Methvin
Judge’s Choice, Grades 6-8, STEM: Jonathan Sparks
Judge’s Choice, Grades 6-8, Visual Arts: Sajani Silla
Judge’s Choice, Grades 9-12, Visual Arts: Karina Vazquez
Judge’s Choice, Grades 9-12, Other: Jackelyn DeLara and Sergio Brown
Best of Show, Grades 2-5: Lila Methvin
Best of Show, Grades 6-8: Sajani Silla
Best of Show, Grades 9-12: Jackelyn DeLara and Sergio Brown

Join us again in 2020!

Katherine Bible and Kaliyah Murillo, winners of Judge’s Choice, prepared a live dance performance for the Student Showcase last Sunday night and received a standing ovation from the audience.
Jackelyn DeLara and Sergio Garcia took home the Grades 9-12 Best of Show Award for their illustrated children’s book, “Lost Girl”. They will each receive a $250 scholarship towards an educational institution of their choosing. Go Jacky and Sergio!
Jonathan Sparks, winner of Judge’s Choice, presented us with his engineering designs and his innovative idea to harness the energy of the wind to help power a car. His inspiration came from when Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Showcase Overview:

Students are encouraged to submit responses to this question using at least one of a variety of creative disciplines, including: dance, visual arts, theater, music, writing, engineering, architecture, culinary skills, technology, and more! Submissions may be done by individuals or groups (within the same grade levels).

The Showcase is open to all students and organizations: schools, scouts, nonprofits, any group that serves this age student. This showcase is a great way to help students explore and engage their creativity, start a conversation inside classrooms about the importance of creativity, earn a badge, and reinforce the critical message that all children are creative.


  • To reinforce the message that all children are creative by asking them to demonstrate how they express their individual creativity

Open to:

  • All students 2nd grade through high school


  • Open Submissions: Students are invited to upload images, videos, and electronic pieces. This initial round will be reviewed and finalists will be selected in each category.
  • Finalist Judging: Finalists will be asked to drop off physical entries at SPARK! for juried voting – both by a judging panel and the online community. Finalists will receive information to encourage friends and family to vote.
  • All finalists’ entries will be on display during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 and at the SPARK! Creativity Showcase celebration event on Sunday, April 14. Teachers, classmates and families of the winners are invited.

Submission Categories:

Visual Arts Performing Arts STEM Other Grade Brackets
  • 2D & 3D Art
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Woodworking
  • Visual Arts – Other
  • Dance
  • Music, instrumental and/or vocal
  • Theater, comedy, Improv, Monologues, Set Design, Costuming
  • Spoken Word, prose
  • Performing Arts – Other
  • Coding
  • Software development
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • STEM – Other
  • Writing
  • Culinary
  • Fashion Design (including but not limited to: clothing, accessories, jewelry)
  • Other
  Grades 2 – 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12

Submission Details:

The open submission, or first round of the competition takes place digitally. Students are asked to submit, photos, videos, or electronic files that represent their unique expression of creativity and allow judges to see their creativity. While this is an excellent opportunity for classrooms or groups, mass submissions of like items will not be accepted. In other words, teachers are encouraged to engage children by having them determine what their submission may be, not instructing the class on what to submit. Each submission must be uploaded individually. File size for upload will be restricted to 1MB. From the first round of open submissions, the top 60 submissions will be selected as “Finalists” and move on to the second and final round of judging.

For the second round of judging, finalists will be asked to deliver a physical representation of their winning project to SPARK!  All finalist submissions will be included in the April 2019 Creativity Showcase. No submission may have a footprint larger than 4’ x 4’ or be taller than 8’. Culinary or any “perishable” submission will be sent via a printed recipe or description and a visual of the item.


Finalists: The top 5 submissions from each category and each age group (60 total entries) will be selected as finalists by a judging panel made up of SPARK! Creative Committee members and local business and nonprofit representatives. The following prize will be awarded:

  • Finalists will receive 4 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

Judges’ Choice: A panel of representatives from Neiman Marcus and the SPARK! Community will choose the top submission for each category and age bracket (12 total awards). The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

People’s Choice: All 60 “Finalist” entries will be posted online for the public to vote on a People’s Choice Award. 12 awards will be given to the most “liked” and/or shared submissions across the 4 categories and 3 age brackets. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • One SPARK! T-Shirt of their choice
  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours
  • Each People’s Choice winner will also receive one SPARK! t-shirt of their choice.

Best of Show: Judges will select one individual from each age group as “Best in Show” for the showcase. The following prizes will be awarded

  • One SPARK! T-Shirt of their choice
  • Free birthday party or week of camp admission (grades 2-8)
  • $500 towards an art institution or class of their choice
  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

For more details about the evaluation methodology for this showcase, please click here.