Cooley Students and Staff Recognized for Outstanding Performance

D. G. Cooley students Alexis Drosselmeyer and Liam Harrison have both for excellence in art.

School Board Chairperson Barbara Lee presents Alexis Drosselmeyer and Liam Harrison with certificates of accomplishment - Photo Edward Leonard

Cooley’s recently hired licensed art teacher Kate Hardison said that both of the students are very talented and she was impressed by each child’s artistic skills.

Alexis Drosselmeyer, a 3rd grader at D.G. Cooley Elementary School in Berryville, Virginia had her  design chosen as the “Elementary School Division” winner for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 2011 Youth Art Month flag competition. Her award-winning design will be featured on the Virginia Art Educator Association’s Youth Art Month website.

D.G. Cooley Elementary School 5th grader Liam Harrison’s poster entry for the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution’s “Elementary School Poster Contest” was selected as the state winner from all entries in the Commonwealth. Liam’s poster will now represent Virginia as it moves on to the national level of the competition.

“I like art because it lets me express how I feel, just like Van Gogh did” Liam said.

“70 students prepared posters about the Battle of Cowpens” said Greg Canterbury, President, of the local chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. “Liam won at the state conference level and now his entry has moved on to the national competiton.”

“We’re very proud of both Liam and Alexis” Canterbury said.

Cantebury, along with past President Ralph Pierce, also recognized Sheena Haney as Teacher of the Year. Haney, who teaches 5th grade at D.G. Cooley Elementary School, was selected in part for her interactive teaching approach that includes role play activities.

Alexis Drosselmeyer's award winning poster



  1. A Classmate says:

    Way to go! Alexis flag motivates art in our classroom. I am in her class and like her drawings. John

  2. Mrs. Najmulski says:

    Liam, I am so proud of my little artist! Way to go. I remember how much you loved to draw in our Kindergarten class and I love that you still have a passion for art.

  3. Proud Grandma says:

    Congratulations Alexis!! 🙂 Grandma Belinda is very proud of you.