Student Artists of the Month: September 2016

 

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In partnership with Forsyth County high schools, 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.

 

 

Emily Campbell

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

Nominating Teacher: Justin Sumners

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.75

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of performing arts is being able to recount stories through my music and transform into a different person while performing.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Appalachian State University; Music Education.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? All-State Choir.

How will the arts influence your future career? I would like to educate younger minds in performing arts

 

bishopSean Farley

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

Principal: Tracy Shaw

Nominating Teacher: Martha Garrett

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.7

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Pottery to me is a way to combine all of my interests, from chemistry to engineering to artisanal skills and to use them to create something beautiful.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall for engineering.

bishop-2What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? The development of my skills in pottery over the years are definitely my proudest artistic accomplishment. I can trace through my old portfolios and watch as I got better and better at both throwing and handbuilding to the point where I can now churn out 50 pots in a day or create something as fine and detailed as Bilbo Baggins’ house from The Hobbit.

How will the arts influence your future career? I can apply creativity and my experience with the arts in everything I do. From knowing the proportions to do something as simple as drawing a nice circle to the problem solving skills that creativity affords, I know that my art will take me far.

 

calvary-baptistKayla Wyatt

Calvary Baptist

Principal: Rick Bohner

Nominating Teacher: Vera Boston

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.58/4.29

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Theater gives me a way to express myself in ways that I might otherwise not be comfortable with. It transforms me into a whole new person giving me confidence, poise, and strength when I am on the stage. It also gives me a way to express the talents that the Lord has blessed me with and I can use my talents for his glory.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Elon University and be a part of their Musical Theater Program. Even if I do not attend Elon, I will still pursue musical theater.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My junior year of high school I was blessed to play Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. During the show there is a very emotional scene where Tevye, Chava’s father, disowns her for marrying a Russian. After the show one night, a lady came up to me almost in tears and told me her story and that she too had to choose her family and religion or her husband. She told me that in that scene she saw herself in me. In this moment I realized how impactful acting was on my life and how impactful it could be on others as well.

How will the arts influence your future career? My art is my future. Theater is who I am and what I love to do. Eventually, I would love to be a theater teacher so I can show others just how much it can change their lives if they truly love it and do it for God’s glory. Theater is my future career.

 

Blake Briles

Career Center of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Principal: Chris Nichols

Nominating Teacher: Jeffrey Griffin

Arts Discipline: Radio Broadcasting

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.63

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Radio is the quickest and easiest way to tell my story. Whether it’s simply how my day went or sharing a life changing story, radio lets my voice be heard.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNC Chapel Hill or UNC Charlotte to major in Business Administration.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Earning the responsibility of Program Director with Schoolhouse Radio and being appointed Drum Major for the Walkertown High School Marching Band.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts have taught me life lessons you can not experience anywhere else. I was elected as a SkillsUSA representative by my classmates during the opening days in the Broadcasting Program. Upon meeting with representatives from other CTE classes, I was elected President of our SkillsUSA chapter. These quick conversations led me to a commitment to prove I can help lead a group of determined individuals in search of individual and corporate success. Our Radio Broadcasting program earned two medals in statewide competition as the Career Center was again recognized for being home to one of, if not the, most prestigious high school broadcasting programs in North Carolina and the United States. Radio Broadcasting has helped me discover I can lead. A Business Administration degree will provide additional opportunities for me to lead, serve and learn – just like my Career Center-Radio Broadcasting-SkillsUSA experience.

 

carverJennifer Olivia

 Carver High School

Principal: Travis Taylor

Nominating Teacher: Kenneth Suber

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 2.5

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I really enjoy doing portraits in pencil.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Forsyth Tech and major in something related to art.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? One of my portraits.

How will the arts influence your future career? Art will always be a part of my life.

 

 

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East Forsyth High School

 Principal: Rodney Bass

Nominating Teacher: Roman Brady

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.5/4.4

 

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Getting to be a leader in the choir, and being involved and bringing joy to community.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I am planning to attend Virginia Tech with a major in Engineering, but I plan to continue my musical career through college ensembles.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Auditioning for, and being selected to participate in the Mars Hill University Music Festival and maintaining my position as a Tenor.

How will the arts influence your future career? Music education has taught me think deeper, uphold my responsibilities, and still make time for cutting up and having fun.

 

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Jared Faulk

Forsyth Country Day School

Head of School: Gardner Barrier

SAM Coordinator: John Kildahl

Nominating Teacher: Jeremy Truhel

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.2

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Songwriting. I am a storyteller, and song is my favorite form of communicating these stories. It requires all three of my passions: voice, guitar, and poetry–perfect! What I love most about songwriting, however, is the fact that I can tell my own story. I can invest my soul into something. I can relate my joys and sorrows into notes and sonnet with the hope that someone will relate to it. I can create something that is mine– my words, my ideas, my voice. It is intimate and tender; I love it.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Hmm… That is a good question… Well, if I had to choose tomorrow (and I’m glad I don’t), I would most likely attend NC State. I want to become and engineer and thus I would major in (some form of) engineering. I would also like to minor in classical guitar.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Well, the go to “brag point” of my musical career would have to be singing in Carnegie Hall with my school choir. It was incredible and definitely not the average opportunity. However, I am most proud of a song I wrote about the schoolgirl kidnappings by Boko Horam. Yes, it is extremely sad and hard for me to sing, but I feel blessed to have been used to write such a song. I did it for a school project and I have been proud of it ever sense– it’s a meaningful song with a purpose. It communicates; it is powerful.

How will the arts influence your future career? I am hooked. I am a musician and I always will be– it is impossible to separate me from being one. Music has led me to appreciate all art forms– painting, drawing, poetry, dance, etc.. I see things differently now. I want to continue writing and playing music, and I one day hope to publish my works so the world can hear the sonnets I sing.

 

Jerry Hurley

Glenn High School

Principal: Brad Craddock

Nominating Teacher: Carol Earnhardt

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.0

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Music is an international language. It can make the hair on your neck stand up just because of the emotion and power behind it. It is one of the few things that every human being can relate to.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have been looking at high point university and would like to major in vocal performance.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Making NAFME all national honors chorus.

How will the arts influence your future career? Its how I want to make my living, either composing or performing music.

 

Yadira Espinoza Olivera

Kennedy High School

Principal: Sean Gaillard

Nominating Teacher: Kaitlin Krossman

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.22

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part in this class is how I am able to draw. I like the different ways of drawing and how I can express myself or just be creative.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I’m not sure about what my major will be, but I want to attend Forsyth Tech for two years and then go on from there.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest moment was when my Zentangle went to the Dixie Classic Fair, and won.

How will the arts influence your future career? I feel like I’ll want a career that involves art, or at least some form of art in it.

 

A’Niyah Brown

Mount Tabor High School

Principal: Ed Weiss

Nominating Teacher: Ross Broadway

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.68

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Performing on stage is my favorite part of being in chorus because music gives me the ability to express myself how I see fit. The stage is like an outlet that allows me to transform almost into another person who does more outrageous and daring things that I couldn’t possibly do in anywhere else.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I will be attending Hampton University this fall to major in Communication Disorders and General Sciences.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artist achievement was when I performed in my first musical duet with a more experienced musician I was so scared that I would mess up a note or freeze up but I managed to perform not flawlessly but decently and that good enough for me and an achievement I’ll never forget. 

How will the arts influence your future career? Being apart of the performing arts, especially the theatre community gave me the boost I needed to finally let others hear my voice but to also let them see my passion for my craft, if it wasn’t for the performing arts I would have never broken out of my shell or let my voice be heard. Since doing theatre, chorus, poetry art, etc. I have learned four life changing skills to build confidence , that perseverance leads to success,that creativity is key and most importantly that non-verbal communication is an essential communication skill. By participating in the arts I gained some important skills that will not only help me progress in society but also in life and I hope these skills will help other children in the future which is why I want to become a speech language pathologist that uses the arts to help children progress in society.

Avery Joyce

North Forsyth High School

Principal: Melita Wise

Nominating Teacher: Rick Siglar

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.75

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of the arts is music. I have been in the music program for as long as I’ve been here, and three years before that.  I have enjoyed every second of every concert.  I love playing with people because they all the same interest as me.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I plan on going to Forsyth Tech for two years then get transferred to State. I hope to major in Zoology and have a minor in a music category.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is my progression on the String Bass. I’ve been playing for six years now and I’ve come a long way.  I’ve managed to play pieces far more difficult than I ever thought I could play.

How will the arts influence your future career? I feel as though the arts will influence how I feel about certain subjects and how I approach things.  This knowledge will help with at home life or when I’m retired and I have nothing to do.  One never really loses their musical talent. I’ll cherish the talent my entire life.

 

 

Emmanuel Mendoza-Marroquin

Parkland High School

Principal: Spencer Hardy

Nominating Teacher: Tara Hauser

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.6

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Getting to express yourself is my favorite part about Drama.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCG, Physical Therapy.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Got to go to All County Drama twice.

How will the arts influence your future career? It’ll help me use my thinking in order to solve problems in the future.

 

Pranali Aher

Reagan High School

Principal: Brad Royal

Nominating Teacher: Jennifer Willard

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.7 (unweighted)

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I was nominated for visual arts and I’ve continuously been in art since elementary school. I love working in acrylic paints and colored pencil.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would most like to attend NYU and major in marketing.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is probably the growth I’ve seen in myself as an artist in the past 2 years. I have an incredible art teacher, Mrs Willard, who supported and pushed me to make my art grow and develop to the best of my ability. I had a piece win an honorable mention at the National Scholastic Art Awards last year which was the first time I had won an art award and it inspired me to grow as an artist more than I ever have.

How will the arts influence your future career? I plan to go into fashion marketing and merchandising, either with a marketing degree or retail merchandising degree. I feel that being creative is an incredible asset in any field and I plan to utilize my artistic and creative skills in marketing and merchandising, making me a more qualified and competitive member of the workforce.

 

Parker Burrows

Reynolds High School

Principal: Leslie Alexander

Nominating Teacher: Caitlin Reece

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.6

 

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of dance is getting to perform. I enjoy showcasing the choreography that I created or someone created for me and my style.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend a college here in North Carolina and am considering Elon and UNC-Chapel Hill. I hope to major in education because I love working with kids and watching them grow and learn.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I’m most proud of the very first solo dance that I ever performed because I choreographed it on my own. I had never been on the stage alone and doing choreography that I had to create was difficult for me but accomplishing that has made me a stronger dancer.

How will the arts influence your future career? Dancing has taught me to work with others cohesively and also to be able to work and teach younger children. I feel like all my dance teachers have helped me figure out what I want to do in life and they have helped shaped me into the person I am today.

 

salemMaiya Barsky

 Salem Academy

Head of School: Lisa Pence

Nominating Teacher: Maria Robinson

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.2

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy doing film work, especially editing. I have spent summers enriching my film skills at The Savannah College of Art and Design and Pratt Institute. I have also studied sequential art during the SCAD Summer Enrichment Workshops.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Columbia University and study Film.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? When I created an ad for a non-profit,The Carolina Manga Library.

 How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to be working in an arts field within the film industry.

 

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Sarah Bryant

UNCSA

Dean: Brian Cole

Nominating Teacher: Paul Sharpe

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.97

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part about music is witnessing the enthusiasm people have for it. It’s awesome when I hear someone really enjoying themselves while they are playing or when I am rocking out to a passage I’m playing. The emotion and the fun people can experience through music is special and I love it. I also love the people I have had the chance to meet through playing bass.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I haven’t decided yet if I want to pursue double bass. If I don’t major in bass, I would major in foreign affairs or English but still play bass.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Learning how to play jazz or being awarded first place in the NC American String Teacher’s Association Junior solo competition.

How will the arts influence your future career? The things I have learned through the arts and how they have shaped my personality will stay with me forever and influence how I work. Maybe I will be a musician, but if I’m not, I will owe whatever I do in some capacity to music and the patience, vulnerability, persistence, and joy that I have learned from the arts.

 

walkertownSofi Kiser

Walkertown High School

Principal: Jay Jones

Nominating Teacher: Quincy Lundy

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

 

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of music and band is the beauty that is created when all of the various sounds, parts and players combine. The complexity of it is very intriguing.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Western Carolina University and major in Music Education.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment has been being a part of great bands including Walkertown High School Band, All-County Band and Piedmont Honor Band.

How will the arts influence your future career? I learn something new in every piece I play. Not only do I experience beauty each time I play with the band, band also keeps my brain active!

 

Ryker Smith

West Forsyth High School

Principal: Charles McAninich

Nominating Teacher: Patricia Hughes Ball

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.86/4.78

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? The way that when ever an ensemble comes together and makes music everything fits perfectly together to create something beautiful.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Double major Music Performance and Biochemistry.  Duke University.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Definitely being accepted into the North Carolina Governor’s School for instrumental music.  It opened my mind to the wonders of what music could be.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts have allowed me to think a bout things in different and interesting ways.  I’ll be able to bring a new sense of discovery and imagination to whatever my future self is doing.

 

Tanita Brunson

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

Principal: Richard Watts

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

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.5

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Making choreography or creating dances. I enjoy being creative. I feel like when I make dances I have the most fun.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Appalachian State University. I want to major in teaching and early childhood development. I just recently found out that that was the main purpose for that university originally.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My first performance. I feel like I expressed myself more so in my first performance than I have before.

How will the arts influence your future career? As a career I don’t see any connections right away. However, I would still like to dance on the side or in my free time.

 

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