Creepy and Talented

Photo of artwork entitled Dr. Leslie

Gold Key Award  winning sculpture by Katie Sivak entitled, 'Dr. Leslie.' 

We have wonderfully talented students in our schools who continue to bring recognition to our Hanover family.  One of those students is Hanover Central High School sophomore, Katie Sivak.  Katie is a gifted artist and a student in John Cotey’s class.  As the art season gets underway, Katie has already been recognized with one Gold Key Award and two Silver Key Awards from the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards competition in the Indiana/ SW Michigan Region.  3,200 works were submitted to the region this year and Katie’s Gold Key recognition now qualifies her artwork to be eligible for the national competition. 

While Katie earned the Gold Key award for her sculpture entitled; “Dr. Leslie,” she is comfortable in a variety of art mediums, and considers painting her favorite. Her talent is as boundless as her quick laughter and individuality.  Her winning sculpture was part of a class project, but Katie admits; “I didn’t exactly stick to the guidelines, I made it my own thing.”  ‘She describes ‘Dr. Leslie’ as the depiction of a doctor from the black plague springing out from a book.  “It’s really creepy,” she said.  “I was inspired by the masks they wore during that time.” 

Photo of painting entitled Threads of Fate
Silver Key Award winning painting by Katie Sivak entitled, 'Threads of Fate.' 

Katie’s other submissions included a  painting entitled, “Threads of Fate,” which features a hand shaped claw with pixels coming out of it.  “I wanted to capture the feel of skin and the pixels represent the body,” she said.  Her second sculpture “All Seeing Cake” was also a Silver Key award winner and it too was a class project done the ‘Katie Sivak” way.  “We we were supposed to be sculpting a cake, but I’m kinda of creepy so I did eyeballs coming out of the cake,” said Katie laughing.  

Photo of sculpture entitled All Seeing Cake  
Silver Key Award winning sculpture entitled, 'All Seeing Cake' by Katie Sivak. 

Katie is the daughter of Angie and David Sivak and has been one of our own since Kindergarten.   Katie has no idea where her self-described “creepiness” or her interest in art comes from, but knows it definitely isn’t a characteristic she shares with her parents.  “No, I don’t get it from them,” she said with a giggle, “I have really boring parents.”  Her brother, Connor Sivak is an 8th grader at Hanover Central Middle School who doesn’t share her love of or talent in art.  “He’s a really great hockey player though,” she declared enthusiastically.    

“Art is definitely going to be part of my future,” said a confident Katie.  “I think I’d like to teach art someday.  Mr. Cotey can be really strict, but he’s really good at teaching art,” she said with a sparkling laugh that quickly convinces you she is comfortable in her talent and creepiness. 

Katie was “super excited,” to learn that her art had been recognized.  “I had completely forgotten Mr. Cotey entered it,” she chuckled.  Two of Katie’s pieces, ‘Dr. Leslie’ and ‘Threads of Fate’ are currently headed to South Bend for a gallery exhibition after which they will join other award winning pieces from across the  region on tour. 

Photo of Katie Sivak  

We are extremely proud of our creepy and talented Katie Sivak. Great Job Katie!

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 At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


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The Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.

Board approved April 17, 2012



  • Please be advised that the Board of School Trustees of the Hanover Community School Corporation will meet in an Executive Session, closed to the public, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the Hanover Administration Building Board Room, 9520 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN.
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