Student Artists of the Month: January 2017

 

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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

 

Gabriel Figuracion

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely

Nominating Teacher: Lars Holmberg

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.5152

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Music is great fun, the combination of instruments used and the musicality of those who play them can create truly astounding sounds which evoke so many emotions.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I believe I will attend Appalachian State University and I will major in music.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I was most proud of myself Freshman year when I made All-County Orchestra.

How will the arts influence your future career? I believe that the arts will be my future, specifically music, I would like to teach music in the future.

 

Kelly Gaylord

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

Principal: Tracy Shaw

Nominating Teacher: Alan Hirsh

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.79

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of singing in my high school’s chorus is learning new and   beautiful pieces. It is so satisfying to hear a song blend perfectly after hard work. I love the rush of excitement after executing a difficult song.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have not decided on a major, but am interested in teaching, social work, or something with music.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was when I sang “White Christmas” with the orchestra at my school’s Christmas concert. Although I had sung solos before, this was my first major solo. I was excited Dr. Hirsh entrusted me with such a solo and that I was able to perform it well.

How will the arts influence your future career? Music will influence my career in many ways, since it has taught me to do my best and to work with others to achieve a common goal. Even when my career becomes difficult, I’ll remember that working to master a challenging part is critical to the success of the overall piece.

 

Ethan Harris

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Vera Boston

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.8

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love the family and community that is formed through acting. We truly are very close.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend High Point University, and I would like to study communications there.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment with theater is playing the role of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. That role brought me out of my shell and opened doors for many more opportunities.

How will the arts influence your future career? I always believe that the confidence theater gave me will continue to exist for the rest of my life within my career, family, and church.

 

Lydia Wu

Career Center of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Principal: Chris Nichols

Nominating Teacher: Christopher Garmon

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? There is a fascination for enigmas within music – little pieces of things that weave in and out of a melody.  My favorite part of this practice is the freedom that lies within its boundaries.  There are thousands of melodies in a scale, millions of possibilities within a progression.  And there is beauty in simplicity – you don’t have to be complicated to be expressive.  You don’t have to litter your composition with intricacies to communicate a point.  It’s a weightless, timeless feeling when you’re performing.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? In an ideal world, attending a school that has a strong composition program would be a passionate existence.  I’d most like to attend college in a moderately cold place that requires one to not need air conditioning.  I will like major in an engineering and/or science field.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I have two that fall fairly close together.  One – the first time I played a composition piece for a group outside of my immediate family.  That moment felt like a black room that’d suddenly burst into vibrant flames of color.  It was heart-pounding – I shook more after the performance than before.

How will the arts influence your future career? I don’t know.  If I pursue sound engineering, it will have a direct influence.  If I go into science, finding a way to dissect music and implement those functions into other sciences would be fantastic, but I don’t know if I’m capable of something like that. Regardless of what I become, I want to have some aspect of music in my life, whether it’s buying a cheap upright and playing at night or playing for a no-name bar on the corner of 75th and 82th on Thursday nights.  I need that kind of release – it’s a form of stress relief for me, and, because I am the type that bottles up, it is a good way to alleviate tension without breaking knuckles or livers.

 

Todd Ryan

Carver High School

Principal: Travis Taylor

Nominating Teacher: Kenneth Suber

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA:

 

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy creating Landscapes and drawing Portraits.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNC Chapel Hill/ Architecture.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? A portrait of Angelia Jolie.

How will the arts influence your future career? My career will involve design.

 

Sara Hintz

East Forsyth High School

Principal: Rodney Bass

SAM Coordinator: Roman Brady

Nominating Teacher: Lisa Baril

Arts Discipline: Orchestra

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.8/4.7

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Learning music that challenges me, and being able to play with friends.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCG major in education/minor in music.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Assistant principal (first violin) in WSFCS All -County Honors Orchestra.

How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to be a teacher of visual and music arts so it will impact me every day and allow me to be a better teacher with my experience.

 

Logan Welborn

Forsyth Country Day School

Head of School: Gardner Barrier

SAM Coordinator: John Kildahl

Nominating Teacher: Terry Hicks

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.7

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I believe that vocal music is the most self-expressive of the arts. Someone’s voice is special to him or her, and a song is a window into someone’s soul. The beauty of choral music is the unity it fosters. The blending of voices creates a auditory masterpiece only made possible by the voices of many.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would love to attend Duke University and major in a social science with a possible minor in public policy.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Last summer, I had the privilege of being selected to attend North Carolina Governor’s School West for choral music.

How will the arts influence your future career? While I may not major in music, I plan on continuing singing in choral ensembles and/or accapella groups in college and beyond. I also enjoy participating in community theatre.

 

Jordan Giffin

Glenn High School

Principal: Brad Craddock

Nominating Teachers: Michaela Richards

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.8/4.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love performance night; it is a rush. Everyone is hyped up on adrenaline and excitement and nerves and it has the a great, fast-paced energy.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend either Catawba College, UNC Chapel Hill, or Greensboro College and double major in Theatre Performance and Political Science.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is winning an Excellence in Acting Award for the character Adam in Lockdown at the 2016 NCTC Play Festival.

How will the arts influence your future career? I’d love to be able to make the arts my career, but if not, it has given me valuable experience in public speaking and creative problem solving that will be invaluable to whatever career I choose.

 

Hannah Shouse

Mount Tabor High School

Principal: Ed Weiss

Nominating Teacher: Ross Broadway

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.7

Nominating Teacher: Colin Choat

Arts Discipline: Band

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 5.08

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? It is a creative and expressive subject, so it does not only have technical aspects, but more abstract and unique aspects as well. It is also one of my special talents that I have taken years to improve and continue to improve, and I have made many friendships and connections through this discipline, and those simple rewards will carry all throughout my lifetime.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would definitely most like to attend Vanderbilt University, and I want to have a biochemistry and music education double major.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Not only is it my greatest accomplishment as an artist, but probably my greatest accomplishment to this day, and that is auditioning and making it into North Carolina’s Governor’s School. It may seem like a simple audition, but I do not think I have worked that hard on really anything in my life, and it has lead me to realize that hard work really does pay off. The experience I had there really enhanced my abilities and viewpoints as a musician, and I would love to continue to work hard and add more rewarding experiences to my “musical resume”. 

How will the arts influence your future career? I did not have this goal from the very beginning, but as I grew as a musician and got to meet many influential musicians, I knew I wanted to influence young musicians, so I want to be a music educator. I have met very amazing instructors over my musical career, and I do not think it will be my main profession, but I want to help improve the skills of musicians young and old, because I truly believe music is such an amazing talent to have. If all goes well I would love to join a neurological research team and study music’s affects on the brain. It is a relatively new field of study, the occupation will hopefully be in demand so no matter what I do I will be able to incorporate music in every endeavor.

 

 

Yumara Gonzalez Lopez

Parkland High School

Principal: Spencer Hardy

SAM Coordinator: Tara Hauser

Nominating Teacher: Nina Anderson

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 3.2/4.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like that in visual arts you can learn more about the value in each color.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I want to major in architecture. I still unsure which college I want to attend.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is improving on my proportions when drawing and sketching.

How will the arts influence your future career? I feel that art will help me in architecture by understanding proportions when creating or sketching the structure of a building.

 

 

 

 

Nova Cunningham

Reagan High School

Principal: Brad Royal

SAM Coordinator: Jennifer Willard

Nominating Teacher: Karen Evans

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.1

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love that there are so many ways you can visually express art. There are so many different mediums to work with and it’s open to your creativity.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I do not know for sure yet., because I am in the 10th grade. I do know that I might want to go to a school for special effects makeup.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I don’t have a single proudest accomplishment. I am proud of everything I have done, whether it’s good or bad, because it has gotten me to where I am today.

How will the arts influence your future career? I definitely want to have an artistic career, and will always be expressing art in some way. Art is such a big part of my life, I don’t know what I would do without it.

 

Elizabeth MacMillan

Reynolds High School

Principal: Leslie Alexander

Nominating Teacher: Phil Benati

Arts Discipline: Photography

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.65

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of doing photography is being able to experiment with my personal style and discover new possibilities while shooting and editing. I love trying to do something I’ve never done before and creating art that I really enjoy and identify with.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I hope to attend UNC Chapel Hill and I am considering going to the School of Media and Journalism to specialize in Photojournalism. I will most likely major in photography or another visual art and minor in business.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I just recently received a Scholastics Gold Key for one of my photographs, which is an award I have been hoping to receive for three years now.

How will the arts influence your future career? Whether or not I become a professional photographer, I intend to continue doing photography for a long time and hopefully it will always play a large part in my life. I know I will always be greatly influenced by the art and artists in my community and I hope to integrate my artistic ability into whatever career I have in the future.

 

Meredith Brown

Salem Academy

Head of School: Lisa Pence

SAM Coordinator: Maria Robinson

Nominating Teacher: Kerry Lawson

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.2

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of theatre is the rush of adrenaline that bolts through you when the lights dim and the curtains rise. Nothing else that I’ve ever experienced gives me the same feeling that performing does.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I intend to pursue college training and a career in the dramatic arts. I’d love to receive a conservatory style training at schools similar to UNCSA in our very own Winston-Salem! I would like to graduate college with a B.F.A. in either Drama or Musical Theater.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment of my theatre experience so far is the opportunity to perform as Jo March in Salem Academy’s “Little Women”. Jo has always been a role model for me and I believe everyone can learn so much from her. It was an honor to perform with such an amazing cast under the direction of the wonderful Kerry Lawson.

How will the arts influence your future career? I plan to pursue a career in drama and more specifically musical theatre. I can think of nothing that I would like more than dedicating the rest of my life to performing on a stage and doing what I love most. Theatre is arguably the most unique art form one can experience. Whether in the audience, behind the curtain, or on the stage, theatre is a magical opportunity.

 

Mason Walters Johnston

UNCSA

Dean: Brian Cole

Nominating Teacher: Lawrence Dillon

Arts Discipline: Composition

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.6

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love the feeling of getting a piece of mine played. It’s satisfying—as if my dreams are coming to fruition.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Currently my top three (in no particular order) are Curtis, Peabody, and NEC. I’d major in composition.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I won a competition back in 2014 that got me my first premiere—by the Atlanta Symphony, at that. Hearing my work performed by such a great orchestra was intensely gratifying—I don’t think I’ve ever felt such self-pride before or since then.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will be my future career—I’m going to do something with composition. What that might specifically mean in 10 years I don’t know, but of that much I’m certain.

Noel Smith

Walkertown High School

Principal: Jay Jones

SAM Coordinator: Quincy Lundy

Nominating Teacher: Ryan Peller

Arts Discipline: Orchestra

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.2

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? You not only find out who you are, but you learn to not judge anything/anyone by their looks…for what they seem may not be who they are.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Appalachian State University for school counseling.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Winning 1st place in the WHS talent show by playing violin/fiddle in front of the largest audience I’ve ever played.

 How will the arts influence your future career? Orchestra has taught me patience which is something that can be used in all careers including counseling. When counselors work with students, each student is different just like in music where each student and piece of music is different in their own way. In music you can achieve success one note at a time. I also plan to use everything I have learned in orchestra one day to play for wedding and funerals.

Heather Sigmon

West Forsyth High School

Principal: Charles McAninich

Nominating Teacher: Anneliese Edwards

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.06

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like expressing myself through visual arts. It allows me to share my thoughts and emotions with others.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? East Carolina University, Fine Arts.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Completing a sketchbook allows me to recognize my growth as a young artist.

How will the arts influence your future career? My passion will support the inclusion of the arts and enhance individual creativity within my career.

 

 

Chao Everett

Winston-Salem Christian School

Principal: Ben Warren

Nominating Teacher: Mathew Stewart

Arts Discipline: Performance Art

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA: 2.30

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? You can do so much with it . The feeling of being able to tell a story, or pour my emotions out on a stage and into the audience is exhilarating.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend college at the North Carolina School of the arts, and major in music, or business.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I am most proud of being able to sing at Christmas for the city downtown this year.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts have taught me to be patient, respect others, and to persevere.

 

Malysia Albright

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

Principal: Richard Watts

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

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.04

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part about dance is performing, creating and learning different styles of dance. I love how I can connect and express my emotions. When performing I feel nervous but I try to stay present and give it my best. When given the opportunity to create I love the challenge. The pressure makes me dig deep and really connect all of the things that we learned into a final product.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I’ve been thinking about auditioning for NCSA to major in dance. I would love to perform professionally and potentially be a dance teacher!

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment was when I was given a solo previously for our winter concert. Because it was a spare of the moment thing and really allowed me to push my previous boundaries. I really shocked myself! It was a duet but we had to change it and it really showed me how flexible I have to be in this field.

How will the arts influence your future career? So as I previously stated I would love to be a professional dancer or dance teacher. So taking arts classes helps me along that path. I am not just a dancer, I am also a part of our theater and chorus department. I just love the arts and how it allows me to express myself. I take each and every one of them seriously because I know how much it helps.

 

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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