Student Artist of the Month: November 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.

Alexandra Schram

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

Nominating Teacher: Caroline Smith

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 9

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy dancing because it allows me to escape from stress, anxiety, judgment, etc. and express myself by focusing all of my energy in the movements.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend college at either UNCSA, UNC Greensboro, or Elon University. My major might be dance, exercise science, or physical therapy.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I auditioned and was accepted to attend UNC School of the Arts for a five-week summer ballet intensive. I am training to compete at Youth America Grand Prix, the largest student ballet competition.

How will the arts influence your future career? I plan to be very involved in the arts in the future, whether that’s dancing for a company, taking more dance classes, or attending shows. Dancing is my passion and I want to carry out my dreams in the field.

 

Anthony Cancro

Bishop McGuinness High School

Principal: Tracy Shaw

Nominating Teacher: Alan Hirsh

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.31

 

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 is playing, practicing, and performing the piano.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I am currently deciding which college I will attend, but I know that I will major in Music Education.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is a piece I performed last year at a benefit concert for the music department at my school. It was the hardest piece I had ever attempted, and I did not by any means play it perfectly, but I was very proud of myself for being able to perform it.

How will the arts influence your future career? I plan to be a music teacher, so obviously the arts will have a huge impact on my every day life in this career. I plan to spread my love for music to as many people I can, so the arts will influence this career by being a part of me that I can share with others. 

Kailey House

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Stephanie Weiser

Arts Discipline: Studio Art

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.92

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy getting to create all different kinds of paintings and drawings in the style I choose. Painting is my favorite, but being in Studio Art allows me do a lot of different projects in a range of media.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? My goal is to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I want to study business.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment would be winning a Silver Key in Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

How will the arts influence your future career? Art will influence my future career by allowing me see all different aspects of the business world. It will let me see that there are many sides and approaches to a problem or topic. Also, it will help me be able to think outside the box when looking for a solution.

 

Monica Lewis

Carver High School

Principal: Carol Montague-Davis

Nominating Teacher: Kenneth Suber

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 9

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Drawing humanoid animals and horses.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCG Art and Animation.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My surrealistic piece of art I did this year.

How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to work in animation.

 

Brylie Branham

East Forsyth High School

Principal: Rodney Bass

SAM Coordinator: Roman Brady

Nominating Teacher: Tiffany C. Burgess

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.9

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Though backstage is so much fun, there is no better feeling than taking a bow after a wonderful show. Call me selfish but the applause that comes after a smooth show as you run out to take your bow is a feeling like no other.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I have a couple of top schools like UVA, Tennessee, or UNC-Chapel Hill. I want to major in political science and US History then get a law degree in constitutional law.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Being inducted into the International Thespian Society was by far my proudest accomplishment, not only in theater but in life. It took not only hard work but commitment to the arts and my theatre department to reach this goal that I have to set for myself.  As soon as I heard about ITS in my first drama club meeting my freshman year I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.

How will the arts influence your future career? Being in the Arts has brought me closer to people who will push me to success and and long inspire me but most importantly it has helped me find my voice and has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. As an aspiring politician, there are necessary things that I will forever thank theatre for. 

 

Robert Daniel Wood

Forsyth Country Day 

Head of School: Gardner Barrier

SAM Coordinator: John Kildahl

Nominating Teacher: John Kildahl

Arts Discipline: Performing Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.45

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love being tasked with weekly drawings and complex projects that both challenge me to think differently than how I would normally.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would most like to go to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and get a major in filmmaking.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is probably making the film White Mind. It was well received by my friends, family and teachers and gave me the drive to keeping honing my skills as a filmmaker.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will influence me in how I create movies and visualize future scenes inside my head. I hope to hone my craft as I get older and find a job in the field in the film industry and get share the stories and characters that I have forged with the world.

 

Mia Connors

Glenn High School

 Principal: Brad Craddock

SAM Coordinator: Jonathan Miller

Nominating Teacher: Jonathan Miller

Arts Discipline: Band

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.5

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of band is how much of a family all of us are, and how we all just know how to talk to each other and “get along”.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I’d love to attend UNCG and get some kind of liberal arts degree.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? One time I wrote a paper that the teacher liked so much I got a 125% on it. And I’ve been first chair clarinet since middle school.

How will the arts influence your future career? I’m going to continue to learn different instruments and probably write a super great novel at some point.  

 

Bella Strause

Kennedy High School 

Principal: Keisha Gabriel

SAM Coordinator: Kaitlin Bryant

Nominating Teacher: Kaitlyn Bryant

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.875

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy how I’m able to create. It doesn’t matter if it’s a drawing, painting, or 3D mediums, so long as I can attempt to take what I see in my head and make it real.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? My top college choice is UNC Asheville with a major in math.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? In visual arts my proudest work would be a notecard drawing I made with markers. I can’t really describe it.

How will the arts influence your future career? he arts will help me see the world a little differently, I may plan to be a doctor but I want to live in a small town with a lot of local businesses and shops you can’t find in a big city. I want to live somewhere unique and I want it to have artists, I love art that’s free and wild.

  

Belanca Rosier

Mount Tabor High School       

Principal: Ed Weiss

Nominating Teacher: Chad Edwards

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.04

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love being able to become a totally separate person then what people know me as. I’m not very social and I have a lot of social anxiety but when I am on the stage it doesn’t matter. I am able to completely transform and say things to people I would never say, and do things that would normally be embarrassing. I love having that sort of freedom in my life and it is so much fun to get to be up there.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would most like to attend college at Michigan State University, and I am very likely to major in the Theater Arts and Education, inspired of course by my own Theater teacher, Mr. Edwards.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was probably being in our school’s production of Peter and the Starcatchers. I had a lot of lines to memorize, and we had to learn to have certain accents for our roles so it was certainly a challenge. Not to mention that we had to have a substitution for a character during the actual performances. It proved to be a very educational experience for me and I enjoyed the experience immensely.

How will the arts influence your future career? It influences my future career in that I hope to stay with this art for the rest of my life. I want to be an actress because I feel like it is one of the only things that makes sense for me. I know I will be happier if I stay with this art for the rest of my life and even if I don’t I know that, having been with this during my high school years will just make me better at whatever else I do. It gives me confidence in places where I wouldn’t normally have it, and I know that’s an important life skill.

 

Amie Villalobos

North Forsyth High School

 Principal: Melita Wise

SAM Coordinator: Carolina Corona

Nominating Teacher: Christina Parrish

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 9

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of this genre is being able to express my creativity in a fun and calming way.

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

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is winning first place at the Dixie Classic Fair exhibition.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will heavily influence my future career. Interior Design follows most, or all of the principles in Visual Arts.

 

Hassan Niang

Parkland High School

Principal: Spencer Hardy

SAM Coordinator: Tara Hauser

Nominating Teacher: Stacey Pelsinger

Arts Discipline: Theatre

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.62

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love to act and become different people on stage. I also love the creative freedom that we have in expressing different ideas to the audience. Tech theatre.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would really like to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta. I would like to study biology and also major in theatre if my schedule and workload allows it. If not I would minor in theatre.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was getting awards at the end of the year (2016-2017) for my work that I had shown throughout that year.

 How will the arts influence your future career? With me wanting to study biology and theatre I would like to find ways to improve your performance. On Broadway you have 7 or 8 shows a week so finding a way to keep your stamina up to the fullest.

 

Matthew Mottesheard

Reagan High School

Principal: Brad Royal

SAM Coordinator: Jennifer Willard

Nominating Teacher: Kenny Tysor

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.882

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of playing the trombone is performing with a multitude of musical groups. I have performed with many school, community, county, district, region, state, and national marching bands, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and orchestras throughout my years in middle and high school.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend NC State University and pursue a degree in engineering. I look forward to exploring the various types of engineering.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Being selected as 1 of 200 students for the Bands of America National Honors Marching Band is my proudest musical accomplishment. With this honor, I marched with students from across the nation in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

How will the arts influence your future career? Although I do not plan to major or minor in music, it will always play an important role in my life. I will continue to seek opportunities to express my creativity through music.

 

Laia Tran

Reynolds High School

Principal: Leslie Alexander

SAM Coordinator: Karen Morris

Nominating Teacher: Ashley Hurst

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.56/4.04

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of Visual Arts is being hands on with my work. It allows me to have a fell for the right materials.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would most like to attend Salem College and my majors would’ve in fine arts and in business/entrepreneurship.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment would be receiving a FIVE on my AP portfolio for 2017. In seventh grade I was the only person to receive a gold key at my school for my mixed media piece.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts would influence me to be a Graphic Designer and/or a book illustration.

 

Julia Ellis

Salem Academy 

Head of School: Mary Lorick Thompson

Nominating Teacher: Joy Rushton

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.52/4.09

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I really enjoy music as an art form. Singing in groups and as a solo vocalist is also very fun and lovely to me.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would most like to attend Berry College, and I either want to major in Biology or Anthropology and minor in Computer Science.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? When I got into Spirit, my school’s audition only singing group at the end of my sophomore year.

 How will the arts influence your future career? Though I am not really thinking about pursuing the arts in my future career, I think it will help me view ideas from different perspectives, and always keep a song with me wherever I go.

 

Jace Weyant

UNCSA

Dean: Brian Cole

SAM Coordinator: Brock Snyder

Nominating Teacher: Brenda Daniels

Arts Discipline: Contemporary Dance

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.68

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I love being able to create an atmosphere is a space and the ability to affect a mood in an audience.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Bard for Dance and Mathematics.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment was being one of the first minors to be cast in a Footprints piece at the American Dance Festival.

 How will the arts influence your future career? I would like to work as a freelance choreographer in New York.

 

Britney Culver

Walkertown High School

Principal: Misty Walker

SAM Coordinator: Quincy Lundy

Nominating Teacher: Hendricks

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.7

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part about chorus is meeting new people that eventually turn into great friends. I love helping out in chorus as much as I can; whether it is helping a friend with learning new terms or helping someone read music.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend Wingate university and I want to major in communication studies and mass media.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment would be getting small solos in our schools first musical/one act called “don’t count your chickens until they cry wolf”. We have wanted to do some sort of musical for a while now and when our theatre director told us we were going to do a small musical, I got so excited. With weeks of after school rehearsals it was worth it at the end. It wasn’t any major solo, but I still had a blast.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will influence my future career by helping me develop into a better person as I move on in life. So far the arts have helped me develop my personality and my character and I am forever grateful for the arts and the people who have helped me improve in the arts.

 

Marissa Varoutsos

West Forsyth High School

Principal: Charles McAninich

Nominating Teacher: Lisa Cook

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.8125

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of dancing is the ability to express myself with something other than words..

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend NC State to possibly major in Biology to go into Physical Therapy.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I am the most proud of myself when I win top score awards at my dance competitions.

How will the arts influence your future career? Dance has changed my life to make me more outgoing and open to new things and these foundations will help me through anything I choose to pursue.

 

Delana Payne

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

Principal: Reggie Hunt

SAM Coordinator: Shanice Bullock

Nominating Teachers: Shanice McKinney, Paul Evans, Yvette Matthews, Inkem Kaizen, Cameron Snyder

Arts Discipline: Chorus

Grade:12

GPA/QPA: 3.8

 

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? To perform and to sing in different languages, because its different and I like to explore different cultures.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University also known as NC A&T. I plan to major in Biology.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Being apart of the Ladies Ensemble for 5 years. We get to perform with more advanced singing groups in the area like the Burke Singers at Winston Salem State University. I have also been given the opportunity to perform more.

How will the arts influence your future career? As of right now, I don’t have a current or direct influence for chorus and biology. I have enjoyed singing during my high school career, however, sadly my choral journey will come to a close with my high school chapter.

 

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: sam.wsfchs@gmail.com

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