Student Artists of the Month- February 2017

 

 

In partnership with Forsyth County high schools and Windsor Jewelers, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to present the Student Artist of the Month.

All Forsyth County high schools (private, public, and charter) that have arts programming were invited to participate in the Student Artist of the Month program. Arts educators and administrators from each school will select one student each month for recognition based on academic rigor and artistic merit. A variety of arts disciplines will be recognized over the course of the school year.

September 2016    October 2016    November 2016    December 2016     January 2017

Trinity Shuford

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

Nominating Teacher: Janet Blakely

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like that I have the opportunity to open myself up to new things and explore my imagination to its fullest extent.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I don’t actually know which college I’d like to attend yet. I have looked at UNCG and I really liked what they had to offer.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment was when I drew a self-portrait in 8th grade. It turned out better than I expected and I thought I would like to do that again.

How will the arts influence your future career? I know that I have an interest in art and I would like to pursue a career in that field.

 

Drachel Pereira

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

Principal: Tracy Shaw

Nominating Teacher: Alan Hirsh

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.5

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of the arts genre in which I was selected, music, is the self-expression that can only be manifested through song. My entire life, I have been a performer. The first time I stepped on to a stage, I was three years old. I may not have understood it at the time, but from that moment forward, I never imagined doing anything else with my life. The rush of emotion that overwhelms me every time I perform is indescribable, and I plan to spend the rest of my life chasing that feeling. Time dissolves from my consciousness and it is as if the lights shining on my face kindle a fire in my soul—a fire that can never be contained or extinguished. My relentless spirit craves the essence of the effortless happiness and pure contentment that I only feel on the stage. Ever since I was a child, I have known that this is truly what I am meant to do.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have committed to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a major in Music Business and Production and a minor in Musical Theatre. After a year of business studies, I plan to transfer to Commercial Voice Performance.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic achievement is being able to play the lead role of Doris in Miracle on 34th Street in the High Point Theatre. I have been in theatre for four years with lead roles each year, but High Point Theatre was special to me since Bishop only has the opportunity to perform there every 4-5 years. The character was also particularly close to my heart because she was different than any other role I have played. I had to search a lot deeper within myself in order to connect with her and push my acting boundaries to new limits.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will influence my future career greatly as I plan to pursue a career in performance. In addition to performing, I plan to write, record, and produce my own material. In the future, I see myself continuing to pour my heart and soul into my music and into spreading compassion and love through the platform that music has always provided me with.

 

Garret Elliott

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Patsy Chesnut

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.3

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Being able to spread God’s word through music is a passion of mine and I love that I have the opportunity to do that through the school band.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? While I have not decided on where to attend college, I intend to pursue a degree in graphic design.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? So far I have written three songs, I am most proud of these because when you put all your thoughts to music for the first time, it’s something really special to see come to life.

How will the arts influence your future career? In the future I would love to be involved in a band either for fun or professionally. Either way my music career takes me, I still plan to be active in the graphic design industry.

 

Sara Dobbs

Career Center of WSFCS

Principal: Chris Nichols

Nominating Teacher: Toni Graves

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.0/4.75

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love drawing in my sketchbook. It is something that I can do anywhere and it brings me a lot of joy.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? My first choice for college is the University of Washington. I want to be an art major.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Art is a constant source of satisfaction for me. It is always a challenge, but I always feel accomplished after finishing a piece.

How will the arts influence your future career? I hope that my future career involves something creative, whether it is making art directly or teaching others about it.

 

Tyra Boston

Carver High School

Principal: Travis Taylor

Nominating Teacher: Danielle Kinne

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 2.7

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part is everything we do. Like learning technique and stretching and learning other dance genres.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend either A&T or Southern University for psychology.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Getting better technique and becoming more flexible.

How will the arts influence your future career? I can see myself coaching dance teams that are in my community.

 

Rachel Cameron

East Forsyth High School

Principal: Rodney Bass

SAM Coordinator: Roman Brady

Nominating Teacher: Skylar McGhee

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.29

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? The freedom of it.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? NC State, Graphic Design.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Developing a style for myself outside of school that is recognizable as mine.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will completely influence my future career entirely because I want to work in graphic design.

 

 

David Craig

Forsyth Country Day School

Head of School: Gardner Barrier

SAM Coordinator: John Kildahl

Nominating Teacher: Aaron Craven

Arts Discipline: Band

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.61

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of playing the French Horn is on Grandparent’s Day when my school band plays Christmas songs and carols. I especially like playing Santa Loves to Cha-Cha.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have not yet begun to think of where I will go to college, but I will apply to colleges that have a strong program in my major. As of now, I think my major will be something such as aerospace engineering, and perhaps minor in the French Horn, but I am still uncertain.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is making the All-District 9-12th grade concert band because I accidentally practiced the wrong solo piece for the audition, had to sight read the solo, and still made it into the concert band.

How will the arts influence your future career? I currently play in the Winston Salem Youth Symphony, and this experience has caused me to consider living in a city that has a good symphony so that I could possibly play professionally.

 

Elizabeth Ray

Glenn High School

Principal: Brad Craddock

SAM Coordinator: Jonathan Miller

Nominating Teacher: Michaela Richards

Arts Discipline: Theatre

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.0/4.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love being apart of an ensemble. Mostly everyone in the class starts off as a stranger but by the end of the year you’re best friends.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Greensboro college with a BA in theatre with a focus in acting.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest achievement was receiving an excellence in acting award at NCTC (North Carolina Theatre Conference) for the character Liz in Lockdown.

How will the arts influence your future career? Well I plan on being an actor so the arts will influence me quite a bit.

 

Leana Soledad

Kennedy High School

Principal: Keisha Gabriel

SAM Coordinator: Kaitlin Krossman

Nominating Teacher: Kaitlin Krossman

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.54

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? The collage was my favorite part because I loved the challenge to look for the little pieces of color to form a landscape.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Forsyth Tech and I want to become a cardiovascular technician.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? To be selected for Artist of the Month, and my panda zentangle.

How will the arts influence your future career? Art will be a hobby for me.

 

Caroline Gardner

Mount Tabor High School

Principal: Ed Weiss

Nominating Teacher: Rachel Watson

Arts Discipline: Orchestra

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA: 4.4

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of orchestra is meeting so many amazing people. They are so encouraging and we always work together to make beautiful music. There’s definitely something special about making music with your best friends! Orchestra has also presented me with many great opportunities that I am so grateful for!

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to go to John Hopkins University or Emory University. I don’t know much about colleges since I am only a freshman, but I would like to be an environmentalist or maybe a physical therapist.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest orchestra accomplishment was getting first chair in Junior Western Region Honors Orchestra. It was my first orchestra event outside of school and it really helped me improve as a viola player. 

How will the arts influence your future career? Playing the viola has greatly improved my ability to concentrate. As an environmentalist, I will often have to argue my case, which requires a great deal of focus on my words. I have also learned to think on my feet quickly, which is one of the most important parts of a debate.

 

Jose Hernandez

North Forsyth High School

Principal: Melita Wise

SAM Coordinator: Carolina Corona

Nominating Teacher: Carolina Corona

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA: 2.3

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Drawing is my favorite part. I like to draw animated characters like cartoons and animals.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I want to go to Wake Forest University and study accounting.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? When I won first place for my wellness poster last month. I won a gift card for illustrating healthy eating choices.

How will the arts influence your future career? Yes, I need to be creative to get ahead in my future job.

 

Jaelyn Nichols

Parkland High School

Principal: Spencer Hardy

SAM Coordinator: Tara Hauser

Nominating Teacher: Marilyn Gaylord

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.0

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Learning new, challenging music.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Berklee College of Music, or Western Carolina for Music Education.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Directing the youth choir at my church and performing for the mayor of Winston-Salem.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will help me start my future career by providing me with leadership and performance opportunities which will give me more experience and confidence in my career choice.

 

Lora Mouna

Reagan High School

 Principal: Brad Royal

SAM Coordinator: Jennifer Willard

Nominating Teacher: Mignon Dobbins

Arts Discipline: Vocal Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.5

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? The comfort and alleviation it can bring to me throughout my life. I also love how music can reach and connect to people like nothing else I have experienced can.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend UNC Chapel Hill and if possible double major in voice and pre-medicine.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Composing my own music to find a foreground with an audience and connect to them in a blissful way.

How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to have a career centered around music so that I can pursue my passion and share my passion with everyone I encounter.

 

Marissa Thompson

Reynolds High School

Principal: Leslie Alexander

SAM Coordinator: Karen Morris

Nominating Teachers: Caite Reece, Amelia Hailey

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 2.78/3.26

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part is the chance I get to move every day and express myself in a way that some don’t get the chance to do.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I plan to attend UNCG for Interior Design.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic moment is attending all-county and getting the chance to learn from an amazing choreographer, BJ.

How will the arts influence your future career? Arts will influence my future career because it’s something I’m always surrounded by. It’s a sense of relief and connectedness with society. Pieces of art will always be statement pieces for me during my career.

 

Maggie Kennedy

Salem Academy

Head of School: Lisa Pence

SAM Coordinator: Maria Robinson

Nominating Teacher: Joy Rushton

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.33

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of chorus is the total sense of release it offers. No matter how bad of a day I am having, I come to class to create art with other people and that is instantly mood boosting. Whatever emotion I have carried throughout the day I can positively construct into something beautiful and creative.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? As of right now, I am still hearing back from colleges but my top two choices are Mercer University and UNC Asheville. I plan to major in either religious studies or political science

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is that in every year of my schooling I have managed to take fine art classes. In elementary school I have distinct memories of always being so excited to go to chorus and art and that passion carried over into later years. I attended Penn Griffin School for the Arts in middle school where I was an orchestra major but each year I made sure to fit in a chorus class. Finally, in high school, I have taken chorus all four years. This continuity really emphasizes how much I need the arts in my life, and what I will do to keep them there.

How will the arts influence your future career? I am unsure of the exact direction my life will take but I am sure that the arts will be a part of it. Whatever career path I take, I hope to move through and among people as a unifier and peacemaker and I think the arts have a huge part in assisting with these tasks. Art, music, and theater all reach across lines of race, gender, religion, and any other line that separates “us” from the “other.” The arts can be used as both a tool and an example to show how we are all much more similar than we may believe.

 

Yaman Kelemet

UNCSA

SAM Coordinator: Brian Cole

Nominating Teacher: Susan Jaffe

Arts Discipline: Ballet

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.94

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love the constant exploration. There is so much structure in ballet, and yet, as I am discovering, there are so many ways to create and express a movement to make it completely individual. This is something I am really enjoying experimenting with.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I am actually auditioning for ballet companies so I am hoping to be dancing professionally next year.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic achievement would probably be receiving the Gillian Murphy scholarship at UNCSA. Gillian has always been an idol of mine and to attend this incredible school under her award is a complete dream.

How will the arts influence your future career? Of course, training as a ballet dancer will assist me in a career in dance, but I know the discipline and self confidence it has given me will shape the rest of my life. Through dance, I have learned to trust myself, to self-advocate, to work for the things I want, to remain humble but to also take pride in my accomplishments. Although I am not entirely sure what career I want to pursue after ballet, I know that all these qualities will serve me and allow me to accomplish anything I set my mind to.

 

Jacqueline Church

Walkertown High School

Principal: Jay Jones

SAM Coordinator: Quincy Lundy

Nominating Teacher: Diana Marshall Shoaf

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.4

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love the environment that comes along with theater. Our program at WHS is really like a big family. I really can’t ask for more than that.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would either like to attend North Carolina School of the Arts or UNC-Greensboro and pursue a degree in acting and maybe one in directing.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is the chance to direct our All-County scene.

 How will the arts influence your future career? Theater Arts will always be my career…whether I am teaching like Mrs. Shoaf, acting or even directing. I love Theater and can’t see myself doing anything else.

 

Ian Gallagher

West Forsyth

Principal: Charles McAninich

Nominating Teacher: Jacob Cook

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.9583

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? For me, it’s without question the moments in the room where everyone in the ensemble has this sort of “Ah ha!” moment. Everything clicks and when we run through the piece, it’s a beautiful and euphoric feeling.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would love to go to UNC Asheville and go for a major in Music Technology and a minor in Choral Arts. Going to Asheville would allow me to greatly expand upon my existing talents and it would really help me grow as a musician. Not to mention that Asheville is a great community for music, so I would have many opportunities to expose my original works.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? There are a lot of great times to choose from, but I think my proudest accomplishment was joining Concert Choir, my sophomore year. It’s because of this that I’ve been able to grow so much as a singer and it has really shaped me as both a musician and as a person.

How will the arts influence your future career? I don’t know what my future career will be exactly, but regardless of what it is, I am sure it will be related to the arts. If possible, either earning a living from my original music or teaching high school chorus would be incredible.

 

Hannah Mae Elliott

Winston-Salem Christian School

Principal: Ben Warren

Nominating Teacher:

Arts Discipline: Graphic Arts

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA: 4.77

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I really love being able to use my creative, God given abilities to design things from scratch. Being independent is a very large part of my personality and I am able to design and express my self through this, adding extra flairs that display my character.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would really love to attend Duke University. My plans for college involve pediatrics and the medical field. I’m thinking something on the lines of a pediatrician, or a pediatric occupational therapist.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I am on the yearbook team at my school and I designed pages for the yearbook that we clean and classy, but very eye pleasing. Designing the yearbook cover was probably my biggest artistic accomplishment this year.

How will the arts influence your future career? I don’t really know how arts will influence my career in the future. Right now I don’t want to go into the art field. Art is a hobby for me and it is a way to just get away for a little and helps me relax and focus.

 

Mikle Davis

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

Principal: Richard Watts

SAM Coordinator: Shanice Bullock

Nominating Teachers: Shanice McKinney, Renee Phifer, Diamond Gaither, Paul Evans

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part about chorus is being able to sing with friends and display our techniques and my talents with them. I also like going to different places to perform with Ms. Phifer and the rest of the department.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I want to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts and my major will be Music Performance. I have been getting some acceptance letters but I am still waiting to hear from NCSA.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is how much I have grown in Chorus. I have been in chorus since the tenth grade and have learned to take criticism in a positive aspect.

How will the arts influence your future career? I honestly want to sing for a living! So, what I have been learning and hope to learn in college will definitely influence the steps I take in the future. Music is truly an escape from life’s challenges and I don’t want to let it go anytime soon!

 

 

The Arts Council would like to thank music teacher, Danny Green, who not only initiated the Student Artist of the Month program, but is serving as the volunteer liaison between the Arts Council and the schools for this project.

If you have questions or comments about this program, please contact us.

Danny Green, Student Artist of the Month Program Coordinator: dgreen@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

Susan Morris, Director of Community Engagement, The Arts Council of WS/FC: smorris@intothearts.org

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