Scott Birt is both a proud principal and a proud dad right now, following the recent success his students had at the Georgia Association of Christian Schools’ Fine Arts Competition.

Birt, principal at Brunswick Christian Academy, said the statewide competition attracted students from around 30 schools in Georgia. BCA had 11 students submit work in a variety of categories, and two won first place and will now compete in the national contest.

“Out of the 11 entries we sent, we got seven places, including first, second and third,” he said.

The two students who won first will compete during the first week in April to be the national winners.

Trent Wright, a senior, won first for his sculpture of a forged sword. And Natalie Birt won first place in the watercolor competition.

Scott Birt said the competition provided the students with a chance to display their artistic talents and to celebrate their skills.

“It just gives them an outlet other than academics,” he said. “Here at Brunswick Christian Academy, we’re about the whole person — spiritually, academically, socially — and this is another outlet for them to show all the different gifts that everyone’s given.”

The national competition, hosted by the American Association of Christian Schools, will be held at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.