WCU Hosts 43rd Annual Creativity Workshop

Hattiesburg, Miss., July 30, 2013 -

William Carey University’s Center for Creative Scholars held the 43rd Annual Creativity Workshop for children grades K-12 on the Hattiesburg campus July 22-24. Nearly 100 children and teenagers participated in the workshop.

Led by Dr. Read Diket, director of the Center for Creative Scholars and workshop director, and Svetlana Lucas, associate workshop director, the program allows students to select the focus of their learning for three days. This year’s choices included “Return from outer Space,” “The World Through My Lens,” “Survivor School,” “Is Advertising in You?”, and “Marvel of Mystery.”
Each project was led by three or four educators from local schools. Participating teachers were Danny Arcement, Slidell High School in Slidell, La.; Adrianne Ashley, Purvis Lower Elementary; Kelsey Bush, Harrison Central High; Brandy Fairley, Petal Upper Elementary; Whitney Hollingsworth, Richton Elementary; Melinda Howell, Agricola Elementary; Marion Jackson, Magee Middle School; Rachel Leggett, Grace Christian Elementary; Keri McRaney, Simpson Central School; Sadie Penton, Pearl River Central Middle; Amy Perry, Stone Elementary; Sophia Simmons, Osyka Elementary; Ellen Smith, J.E. Johnson Elementary; Sarah Stubblefield, McDavid Jones Elementary; Alicia Verweij, Roseland Park Elementary, and LaShaunda Westbrook, North Forest School District.

“Our goal stresses having your child or adolescent love learning, development of friendships based on common interests, and resourcing the university’s environment,” said Dr. Diket. “Each day participants add on layers of experience. Workshop students assimilate understanding of complex worlds of facts, opinion, influence, and politics. They learn what enduring values might be embraced, and they debate possible futures.”

The next WCU creativity event will be “Creativity Write-Down,” which will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information on the Creativity Workshop or Creativity Write-Down, contact Dr. Diket at (601) 318-6205 or


Pictured are some of the student participants posing in front of their project, “Is Advertising in You? – The Power and Design in Advertising” at the William Carey University 43rd Annual Creativity Workshop. The group included Carly Adkins, Samantha Adkins, Sarah Atterberry, Tyler Bracken, Hannah Buse, Blakely Byrd, Elijah Calhoun, Karrington Commodore, Paige Haskin, Makaylah Holcomb, Katherine Hyer, Rachel Johnson, Vanessa Jones, Mary Ashely Lindley, Tristen Lindley, Hannah O’Neil, Kelsey Parkman, Behanie Pheal, Jacob Roark, and Ora Williams.