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Melissa Frick, Dunmore
My name is Melissa Frick, and I am a senior at Dunmore High School. I have a part time job at Alfieris Family Restaurant. In my free time I like to take photos, draw, and hang out with my friends.
After I graduate high school, I would like to go to school for photography. I aspire to be a professional photographer, and eventually open my own studio.
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Emily Carr, Dunmore
Emily is a senior at Dunmore High School. Her primary instrument is Clarinet but she also plays piano (since 2nd grade) and percussion.
Emily's superior leadership skills earned her the position of Drum Major for the Marching Band this year. As a performer, Emily is a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Chorus (piano accompanist) and Show Choir.
In addition to her school ensembles, Emily is also a member of the Marywood University Wind Ensemble and currently studies privately with Mr. Tom Heinz.
She has also studied with Miss Katie Morell
To further her musical skills Emily attended the Performing Arts Institute in the summer of 2009 and also attended the George Parks Drum Major Academy in the summer of 2009. Emily represented Dunmore High School at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference during her Sophomore year and at "Tomorrow's Leaders Today" during her Junior year.
Emily is the daughter of Michael and Lee Carr, Dunmore. She has one sister, Sara, who was also a standout member of the Dunmore High School music program. Emily's Chorus Director at Dunmore is Miss Catherine Errico and her Band Director at Dunmore is Mr. Wayne Smith.
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Art is very important to me. Whereas some may say that art is part of their life I really truly believe that art is something that I will be involved in forever. Ever since I was very young I can remember being very interested with art. Back then of course I was just playing around sculpting or drawing simply because it was fun. I enjoyed seeing peoples reactions to what I had created because everyone would always be encouraging. Over the years I have been refining my artistic abilities, and I still am of course learning because there is always something new and interesting to learn when it comes to the fine arts.
I personally would like to go into a career where I will be able to use my abilities so that I will be able to really enjoy what I will be doing making my living. In order to get where I want to go later on my career path I will first need to attend a college which has a good art program. Having the proper education can possibly better my chances of being able to make good money off of what I love doing the most. Though making copious amounts of money may seem wonderful there is one thing we must remember. Money isnt everything, but it sure beats being broke.
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Dave Balmer is a senior at Dallas High School. He has been playing music since he was in 5th grade, starting off on the trombone, and later spanning to other instruments such as guitar, mallet percussion, and voice. Dave is in a rock band called amRadio, where he plays trombone to the hits of the 60's and 70's. During his time at high school, Dave has participated in music festivals such as Regional Band, Regional Chorus, and District Jazz Band. He also participates in theater, and enjoys taking pictures in his spare time. Dave plans to attend either Temple University or Berklee College of Music for Jazz Composition. He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for their never-ending support and inspirational love.
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Karsten Goodwin, Wallenpaupack Area High School
Karsten Goodwin was born in NYC. His parents are Anne and Neil Goodwin. His
mother is Danish and his father is African American. He has taken several art
classes the past 4 years of high school and is in the process of creating two
AP portfolios. He has been a member of the WAHS football team for 4 years.
He has always drawn and created with his hands. His mother was his first art
teacher. She showed him how to work in various mediums such as paint and
marker. He also spent a lot of time building with legos.
His great grandfather served as an inspirational role model. He was an artist
from Denmark. He traveled all over Europe as a painter and many of these
pieces hang around his house as this inspiration.
Day dreaming is his imaginary world from which he derives many of his ideas
for his artwork. He likes to explore a variety of mediums from pencil to
painting to sculpture. He finds it boring and restrictive to stay in one
medium, but finds excitement in the variety. Salvatore Dali is one of his
favorite surrealistic painters who inspires him as well as pop art.
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Diana Olsheski, Wallenpaupack
Diana is a multi talented performing artist. She as been a member of Band,
Chorus, Theatre and Forensics over her high school years. She has also been a
member of Show Choir and Chamber Choir. She has performed in the District
chorus festivals as Alto 1 since her sophomore year. She also is involved in
Concert band, wind ensemble, Jazz band and marching band. She has been a
member of the WAHS players, performing in Miracle on 34th Street, The Scarlet
Pimpernel, Here Come the Brides, Damn Yankees, David Copperfield, She Loves
Me and recently The Crucible. The acting continued into Forensics as part of
a duo team with scenes from Agnes of God and White Oleander, qualifying for
state and national competition.
Outside of school she participates at the Ritz Company Playhouse and takes
private dance and voice lessons.
Her future plans include a possible major in music education, continuing in
marching band in college as well as community theatre.
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Steven Zerbe, Selinsgrove
I am a senior at Selinsgrove Area High School. M biggest passion in life is art related media. Since before I could honestly remember, I have consistently been producing works of art mostly in pencil. Over the years, however, I have matured greatly and have widened my range of talent into several other fields of art. I personally enjoy almost every one of these genres and I often, through my own spontaneous intentions, switch between them constantly.
Art in my opinion is indefinable and impossibly profound. My influences art-wise are the works and careers of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. In fact, one of my favorite quotes, which I think defines my often spontaneous attitudes towards my work or subject matter, is from Salvador Dali. When asked about his work and possible drug influence subject matter, he abruptly responded: I dont do drugs! I am drugs! Several people have told me that in their opinion I am the best artist in the entire school though I try to remain humble and tell them that theres always room for improvement. My humbleness, however, does not hinder my ambition. I never turn down a project or challenge that is presented to be because, of course, not all of my art is conjured from my own imaginative whims. I am often asked to design t-shirts, advertisements, portraits, tattoos, logos and portraits. Literature impacts my art greatly; I am often trying stories and tales to my art which usually results in the creation of comics and graphic novels, of which I have completed many.
I am an incredibly difficult person to describe in words. The best way to know me is to know me and my work in person.
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Katie Richards, Selinsgrove
Katie Richards is 17 years old, and a senior at Selinsgrove Area High School. She has been singing for nine years, and has been able to participate in various choral events. With the Selinsgrove Honors Choir, she has performed in Washington, D.C., at the Lincoln Center, and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in April of 2010. She was also the grand prize winner for an essay contest centering on the current influence of Abraham Lincoln on education, sponsored by Lincoln Center. Katie was also a member of the 2008-2009 All-State Choral Festival and was a featured soloist at PMEA District 8. Katies musical influences are varied and include the Beatles, Etta James, and Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, he aspires to attain a BFA in Theatre Performance, eventually going on to become an actress in musical theatre.
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Jennifer Beierle, Hanover Area
Jennifer Beierle, a 17 year old senior at Hanover Area, is the daughter of John and Marian Beierle of Hanover Twp. She is a high honors, National Honor Society student who takes college classes at Wilkes University with the Young Scholars program. Her emphasis is on singing, as well as clarinet, guitar, and alto and baritone saxophones. She has been playing clarinet for 4 years and has participated in PMEA festivals since 10th grade. She also plays with the Wilkes University Jazz Band, Wyoming Valley Concert Band, and Hanover Area's "Fusion." She has attended the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary for the last 3 summers. Jennifer enjoys playing volleyball, horseback riding, rock climbing, playing at open mics, and dancing at the Joan Harris Conservatory for the Arts. She is also involved in 4-H, Girlscouts, and Student Council. She plans to attend college for music education with a concentration jazz performance.
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Danielle Greenwald, Wyoming Valley West
Danielle Greenwald is a senior at Wyoming Valley West High School. I have been playing violin for a little over eight years. I participated in PMEA district 9 orchestra in 9th, 10th and 11th grade. I made Regional Orchestra in 10th and 11th grade and All-State Orchestra in 11th grade. I attended Performing Arts Institute over the summer for the last three years and also participate in the PAI Civic Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestras, I am the drum major of the Wyoming Valley West High School Marching Band. I am a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. I was nominated and accepted as a member into Youth Salute. I am a member of the Wyoming Valley West JETS team as well as the Wyoming Valley West WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage team.
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Alexandra Frisbie, Wyoming Valley West
Alexandra Frisbie has little to say in words, but plenty to show. Born October 3rd, 1991, a pencil has been a mandatory accessory for as long as she could remember. She comes from a rather large and loving family, that of which she explains to be the reason for her passion for art. She is currently a senior at Wyoming Valley West High School. Expressing opinions and emotion are the means for her artwork. Alexandra has a unique and creative personality that most will not understand upfront. She is most fond of pencil sketches and painting. To her, sketching is the basis of all artwork; where an idea first leaves one's head which could only grow on paper. The city of Philadelphia is where Alexandra finds most inspiration and admiration. "Philadelphia is so full of color and life; it is overwhelming. I have so much appreciation for that city and the people who attribute," she says. Alexandra plans on attending college in Philadelphia in the fall of 2010.
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Michael Redick, Hanover Area
Michael Redick has been receiving Art instruction for the past four years. In that time,
Michael has shown tremendous growth in both drawings and his acrylic paintings.
Two years ago Michael submitted his artwork for consideration for a mural project at the Coca-Cola Company in Pittston, PA. Michaels drawing was chosen, along with eight other Hanover Area students, for this special competition.
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Kelsey Lee-Tunkhannock Area High School
My name is Kelsey Lee and I am a senior at Tunkhannock Area High School. I have been singing and performing since I was two years old and joined the school choir in middle school and have continued all through high school. I sing in the schools mixed and select choir and have also participated in the district, regional and All-State choir festivals for the past two years and the All-Eastern festival in 2009. I placed first at districts both years and second and first at regionals in 2008 and 2009 consecutively. I placed fifth at the 2009 All-State festival.
In addition to choir, I have been the lead in two of my high schools musical productions, I am the vocalist for the high school jazz band, I play the clarinet and piano, I am part of the Mock Trial team, I play ice hockey, and I am a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. My future plans are to attend college to pursue a major in international relations in the hopes of one day being a professional international human rights advocate. As for music, I hope to participate in some form of choir or performing ensemble in college and plan to keep performing and enjoying music for the rest of my life.
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Jennifer OHop -Pittston Area
For as long as my mothers been telling me, I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. From what I have seen, my drawings were always based off of a cartoon or pictures from story books. I didnt become an independent artist until I was about 13 years of age. This is when I was able to develop my own style of drawing. I have improved over the past five years, and now I am working with human anatomy. I love the variety of the human nature. Theres a never ending choice when working with a person. At this moment Im trying to be independent as much as possible. I really want to create something that expresses my inner self, and not that of anothers idea. There are a few modern artists who I look up to, and admire for their work. I admire them most for having their own opinions and creative thoughts worked into their pieces. This is my goal in life. To be an artist that can influence others to be original.
My school years have really helped me improve my skills. I will continue with any sort of art classes after graduation, and hope to get into a private or state college in the very near future. My heart is set on design when I apply for college courses. I would also like to get into animation as well. I enjoy cartoons, and I think I would have fun getting into that sort of career. For now I must be just an average senior student in high school. I enjoy a vast variety of music, hanging out with my close friends on weekends, browsing on the internet, and spending my spare time drawing. I just cant wait to move on to the thing we call life, and have fun creating original art for the world to see, even if it will be a popular cartoon character on a childs toothbrush.
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Caitlin Bernoski, Wyoming Area
Hello, my name is Caitlin Bernoskie. I am a seventeen year old junior attending Wyoming Area Secondary Center. I began drawing when I was very young. My first drawings were on the canvases of my living room walls. Watching cartoons and movies inspired me to paint and draw. After watching The Lion King and Pokemon, I remember trying to draw the characters all the time. I have always been fascinated with animated characters and this led me to practice to become the artist I am today. I love to draw cartoon characters, creatures, and other subjects. I also love to paint and sculpt anything that pops into my imagination. Now I am experimenting with different art media to improve my skills in the hopes of doing something in the arts when I go to college. I want to become a graphic designer, tattoo artist, comic artist, concept artist for movies or video games, or an illustrator. I know, a lot of choices, no?
To me, drawing is not a skill or some hobby, it's a part of my life. Art and drawing are as important as the very oxygen I breathe. Skills I love and cherish. It's basically a part of my soul. When I draw I put a little bit of my heart and self into it. It's something I know I'll continue to do until I die. I also love to draw things for others. Nothing's better than seeing a friend laugh or smile at a funny drawing I've done for them.
Besides art being a big part of my life I also love to listen to music, watch movies, hang out with my friends and family, and adventure around outside in my neighborhood. I'm very free spirited so I like to be out there having fun. I'm a bubbly, spontaneous, eccentric, yet very friendly person and I try to be the best person I can be for the sake of the people I care about.
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Allison Welling, Pittston
Allison Welling has been involved in music for the past nine years. She began taking piano lessons in third grade, trumpet and bass guitar lessons in fourth grade, and learned both the baritone and tuba in fifth grade. She joined Pittston Areas Jazz Band in her freshman year of high school on bass guitar. Alli became the tuba player of the Pittston Area Marching Patriots her sophomore year, and was part of the ensemble who won a the Cavalcade Championship last year. In her junior year, she auditioned for the District Music Festival, where she sat second chair, and advanced to the Regional Festival. In addition, she has spent her last two summers at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, a distinguished program that selects top-notch students and faculty from all over the world.
Alli is an active member of numerous clubs at Pittston Area, such as the Key Club, the National Honor Society, the International Cultural Experience Club, and Science Olympiad. Also, she volunteers for and is president of the Youth Council of the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with being on the Board of Directors for the Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Lizzie talks about her artwork, school and family.
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Grace talks about her artwork, school and family.
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WVIA ARTIST OF THE WEEK | Valerie Bandas, Mount Carmel talks about her artwork, school and family.
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Carissa Pupo is a junior at Mount Carmel Area High School. She is a member of MCA's Marching and Symphonic Bands. For marching band, Carissa divides her time between Drum Major and keyboards. She also plays the piano for jazz band. Carissa plays bassoon for symphonic band.
In addition to being a band member and treasurer, Carissa is a member of MCA's Senior High Chorus, where she serves as an accompanist and the chorus treasurer. Carissa hopes to qualify for District 8 Band on the bassoon as well as District 8 Chorus on soprano II later this year. She also enjoys being a varsity football and basketball cheerleader for MCA.
At the age of five, Carissa began taking piano lessons from Vic Boris. She'd heard the Titanic theme on the radio and began playing what she heard by ear. Her elementary music teacher, Denise Giacomini, saw to it that she began lessons to learn properly. Since then, Carissa has been asked to play the piano at many school and community events, and she also plays the organ in church on occasion.
As she grew up, Carissa idolized her sister, Sarah, and began taking voice lessons at the age of nine from Patty Zablosky. Since then, she has participated in Patty's annual voice recitals, singing everything from pop to Broadway. She also participates in Anthracite Citizens Theater's (ACT) annual Night of Broadway. Carissa, also a member of her church choir, has been asked to sing for various community functions including football banquets, Flag Day for the Elks Club, basketball tournaments and games, and the Relay for Life. Carissa is also part of the quartet that sings the National Anthem for MCA's home football games.
Through the years, Carissa discovered her love for musical theatre. She has participated in various shows, both community and school, including: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Anything Goes, Sugar, and West Side Story, where she played the lead role of "Maria". In addition to starring in these shows, Carissa has been a member of the pit orchestra for her school's production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
In her spare time, Carissa enjoys singing and playing the piano, as well as maintaining her grades and hanging out with friends and family. After graduating high school, Carissa would like to pursue a career in either mathematics or musical performance.
She would like to thank the following people for their inspiration, help, and support: her parents, Kathy and Frank Pupo, her sister Sarah Pupo; her vocal and piano instructors, Patty Zablosky and Vic Boris; Miss Denise Giacomini and Miss Joette Foris for being two of the many people to influence her musical career; the school band and chorus directors, Mr. Bernard Stellar, Mr. Brian Leslie, and Mrs. Sharon L. Styer for all of their support and encouragement. She also would like to thank Mr. Stellar and Mrs. Styer for nominating her for this award.
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Nancy Dennehy, Danville HS
Nancy Dennehy is a sophomore at Danville High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Brenda Dennehy, and younger sister of Nora and Paul. In addition to spending time on her art work, she plays acoustic guitar and participates in the high school drama club and forensics team. She is also active in church as a bell choir member, Praise Team guitarist, and Venturing Crew President.
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Andrea Burleigh, Forest City Regional
Andrea Burleigh is a junior at Forest City Regional. She began playing piano at age 8 and has played the trombone since age 9. She has attended district 9 Band Fest, Susquehanna County Band, and Marywood High Honors Band three times. She took part in District 9 Jazz Band as a freshman and sophomore and attended PMEA District 9 Band last year. Andrea has been a member of the Forest City Regional Band for eight years and the Forest City Regional Jazz Band for five years. She has also been a member of the Forest City Regional Chorus for five years, and attended Susquehanna County chorus last year. She has been an active member of the FBLA, attending Regionals three years in a row, and has competed in the NEIU Reading Competition for four years. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys reading, writing, and photography. She would like to pursue a career in music education, receiving a minor degree in creative writing.
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ARTIST OF THE WEEK | Cody Mack, Mountain View | 09-10
Cody talks about his artwork, family and school.
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Christa Giannetti Mountain View Junior Senior High School
Hello, my name is Christa Giannetti. I am seventeen years old and I am a senior at Mountain View High School. Ever since I was in fifth grade, I participated in chorus classes. All together I have been in chorus for seven years, and I have also been selected to attend Susquehanna County Chorus for six years. Not only have I participated in school chorus, but I also sang in my church choir for a while..
For about four and a half years I have been playing guitar. It all started with getting about 5 music lessons from a music store in Scranton. After that I slowly faded away from guitar, and I would practice once in while. Then about a year later I joined a music class at Mountain View called Beginner Guitar. I feel that I excelled in this class and I also dedicated a lot of my time to really learning guitar because my goal was to be able to play and sing together. I have always loved singing, so I wanted to be able play my own accompaniment. After I completed the Beginner Guitar course, Mountain View offered an Intermediate Guitar class.. During that year, after I gained much more experience, I wrote my own song pertaining to one of Mountain Views festivals, Arts Alive. As a project for class, we had to write a song and perform it at the festival. So all of my classmates and I performed our songs for everyone to hear. That was the first song I ever wrote. Shortly after that event, our Spring Chorus Concert came. For the fifth year in a row, I tried out for an interim. An interim is basically a song sung in between each song that the whole chorus sings, essentially a solo song. After all those years of working so hard to get a solo song, I finally got my chance to play a song and sing in front of a hundred or more people. After that experience, I have been so much more confident in playing in front of people. Now I can also sing and play in front of my church congregation and share the gift I have with other people without being so nervous. Though I dont plan to pursue a career in music, I plan to continue playing at church and at family parties because music means so much to me, it is also a kind of de-stressor, and a way to express my feelings. Music will always be a big part of life no matter what I do. My two music teachers, Mrs. Fargnoli (chorus teacher), and Mr. Wilson (guitar teacher), have helped me a lot in developing my musical techniques and increasing my knowledge of music. Without their programs, I wouldnt be as far as I am today. At last, I finally reached one of my goals of being able to share my gifts with everyone by being selected for Artist of the Week.
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Samantha Glevick, West Scranton
Hello my name is Samantha Glevick and I am a senior at West Scranton High School. I am currently an aspiring artist and I enjoy pushing myself past my limits. I rank as the president of my schools art club and a member of the National Honor Society. Working with other artists that are similar to me; influences me to work harder and explore other forms of art. Over this past year I have participated in numerous community service projects involving art. Some of the projects Ive worked on are face painting activities, painting rooms, and working at an art camp hosted by Meg Duffy.
My medium choice would have to be painting. I am very dedicated to my art work and I would love to get my name out there to the art world. With this being said I am very open to constructive criticism and I consider myself a positive person. If I could sum myself up in one word it would have to be ambitious. After graduation my dream in life is to attend PRATT College and exceed all expectations that have been set out for me. In conclusion I feel as if my experiences in art at West Scranton High School have prepared me for a career as a successful working artist.
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WVIA ARTIST OF THE WEEK | Jimmy Losavich, West Scranton
Jimmy talks about his music, family and school/
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Keri Height, Greater Nanticoke Area
Keri Height has been involved in musical activities since she was five years old. She joined the Wyoming Valley Childrens Chorus in 1996 and has been singing ever since. Since then, she has been a member in the NEPA Choral Society and is a member of the Chanteuses Ensemble and a section leader of the Cantare Ensemble. Through the Choral Society of NEPA, Keri performs in the NEPA Philharmonic Holiday Performances. She attends Greater Nanticoke Area High School where she is the President of her school choir, participates in school musicals, is photo journalist of The Trojan Tribune, and is President of the National Honor Society. Keri has auditioned for PMEA Choral Festival and was an All-State Chorus Alternate. She was an ambassador for the 2008 Lead America Theater Arts Conference at Fordham University in New York, For the past two summers, Keri has attended the Performing Arts Institute and was awarded a full Performance Scholarship for the Vocal Performance Program. Keri is currently studying at the Voice Studio of Elizabeth Duhr at Wyoming Seminary Upper School in Kingston.
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Chelsy Zelasko, Greater Nanticoke Area
Chelsy Zelasko has been drawing ever since she was capable. She showed a great talent in her art classes during elementary school and throughout her high school years. Other than drawing, she also got into photography in 2007, when she received a camera for Christmas. She has achieved the following awards over the years: Second place in the Fine Arts Fiesta, second place in the Wyoming Valley Art League, first and second places in the PTSA Reflections Contest. She also draws for the Greater Nanticoke Area High School newspaper, The Trojan Tribune. When she isnt doing art related activities you can find her in the ring showing Rough Haired Collies. Along with showing dogs she also enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, photography, hiking and many more activities. Other than being talented in the arts, Chelsy writes poetry in her spare time and three of her poems have been published in the Creative Communication: A Celebration for Poets.
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Thomas Dent, Millville
My Name is Thomas Dent. I am a senior at Millville Area High School. I have taken piano lessons since I was seven years old under the study of Mrs. Rosemary Goresh and have participated three years in the National Piano Guild Auditions in Hazleton. I received a Superior Plus rating all three years. I have played for the School Chorus as well as entertained in my Church. I take private mallet percussion lessons from Dr. Gifford Howarth at Bloomsburg University; as well as play mallet percussion in the school band lead by Mr. Ted McCaffery. I also play electric guitar, acoustic guitar and keyboard for our youth praise band which supplies the music for the 8:00 am worship service the 3rd Sunday of each month.
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Sarah Solomon, Millville
My name is Sarah Solomon and I am a senior at Millville Jr. Sr. High School. I have been a part of the Millville Area School district since the 4th grade. I come from a family of five, my parents are Kevin and Patty Solomon and I have two younger brothers, Aaron and Jared. Some things that I enjoy are reading, drawing, scrap booking, crafting, listening to music and playing my clarinet. I started on b-flat clarinet in 4th grade and Ive been playing for the past 8 years. So far I have participated in county band since 7th grade and district band since 10th grade. I am also a part of the Millville High School Band, Chorus, and Honors Choir. Outside of school I participate in my church bell choir and perform once in a while.
Besides being involved with music I have found a new inertest in pottery. The past two years I have taken a pottery class during the school year. Right now I am in pottery II and plan on taking Pottery III. What I enjoy most about art is that I get to be myself. Its a way for me to shut out the rest of the world and just be creative. Plus, working with clay is somewhat like working with fondant. Since I plan on being a Baking and Pastry Art major, it is a really good way to learn how to work with similar mediums. At this point in time I have already been accepted to Pennsylvania College or Technology and will be participating in their Baking and Pastry Arts program.
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Katherine Conklin, Blue Ridge
Katherine talks about her artwork, family, friends and school.
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Alexander Burkett, Blue Ridge
Alex Burkett is a senior at Blue Ridge High School located in New Milford,
PA. He is the son of Jeff and Nancy Burkett. Alex has been involved in all
areas of music and drama since the 5th grade. His debut on the acting stage
was as the newsboy in Annie during 6th grade. In 8th Grade he was the
wicked Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel as well as the evil Jafar in
the musical Aladdin. He has kept active in shows such as Fiddler on the
Roof, Grease, High School Musical, and last year as Marius in Les Mis.
As a high honors student, Alex is also involved in Honor Society, The
Envirothon Team, Soccer, Track, Volleyball, Robotics, DeMolay, Band/Chorus,
and church Youth Group. In his sophmore year Alex attended the Penn State
University Leadership Conference and this past summer was selected to be a
member of the Claverack Youth Tour to Washington D.C.
Alex is planning to attend Kutztown University next fall to major in History
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Gabrielle Gilroy, Mid Valley High School
My name is Gabby Gilroy. I attend Mid Valley High School. I live with my grandmother and my uncle. Usually I help take care of my grandmother because she has cancer. I have been interested in singing for 3 years. I participate in the Mid Valley Chorus and Womens Choir. I hope to participate in district chorus this year. My family is supportive of my singing but I am really unsure what my future in singing will be. For now, I am enjoying the simple pleasure of singing.
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Carrie Stanton, Mid Valley High School
My name is Carrie Stanton and I am a senior at Mid Valley High School. I live with my father, Matthew Stanton, and two of my siblings, Lacey and Luke. I am the president of the art club and the vice president of the drama club at school. I also participate in the Mid Valley Chorus and Womens Choir. I am also a member of the National Honor Society. I have enjoyed internship this summer in becoming a professional pet stylist from Liz Hanley and Mary Knight. I aspire to let the two most important things in my life, my family and my art, lead me towards where I wish to go.
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Shawni Scott, Lake-Lehman
Shawni Scott is a senior at Lake-Lehman High School. She lives in Sweet Valley, PA with her parents Jill and Larry Scott and her sister Raine, who also attends Lake-Lehman. Shawni's talents lie mostly in drawing and watercolor painting, but she works in other media, as well. Shawni is a participant in the Fine Arts Fiesta of Wilkes-Barre and has won awards for her work in watercolor, colored pencil and photography.
Shawni has attended Lake-Lehman schools since kindergarten and has been a student of Mr. Richard Derby for three years. She plans to further her education at Kutztown University or the California University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a degree in Art History with emphasis on studio art.
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Kiri Koziol, Lake Lehman
Kiri tales about performing, family and Lake Lehman.
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Harry Krenitski Jr., Riverside
Harry Krenitsky Jr., son of Harry and LuAnn Krenitsky of Taylor, is a senior at Riverside Jr-Sr High School in Taylor. During his tenure, he was one of the founding members of the new Drama club where he has acted as Secretary for one year and President for two years. In past school productions, Harry has portrayed Ryan Evans in High School Musical, Max Detweiller in The Sound of Music, and Danny Zuko in Grease. He is also involved in school newspaper as a copy editor, and student government, where he served as President his junior year. Harry is also Mr. Viking, the school mascot.
Outside of school, Harry has honed his improvisation and acting skills through the Comedy Dojo, University of Scranton, and Diva Acting School. He was involved in the performance The Best Christmas Pageant Ever through the Diva Acting School and I Miss Trevor through the Phoenix theatre. Harry was also a founding member of the Steamtown Improv Players. After graduation, Harry plans on pursuing a major in Theatre with a minor in English.
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Chantal Hronich, Riverside
I have always been interested in Visual Arts, even at an early age. While in elementary school, I entered various poster contests and Reflections competitions in order to showcase my early artwork. Now in my fifth year of Art at Riverside High School, I have a broadened experience in the Arts as well as greater knowledge of its various mediums. I enjoy drawing, painting, and working with clay. I have also been involved in the Scholastics Art Competition throughout my high school career. Two of my sculpted pieces have been entered in the competition, one of which received a Silver Key Award. In addition, I have volunteered to aid in the Scholastics judging at Marywood University during my sophomore year.
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Trisha Tyson, GAR
My name is Trisha Tyson and I am a senior at GAR High School. I am a member of the Key Club and Garthive yearbook staff. I have played on my schools soccer team for five years and the volleyball team for three years. In the past I have won many art achievement awards in grade school, one of which was for a calendar contest of the Attorney General. My work won the month of September. My work was also displayed at the GAR Artfest in the spring and I also received an honorable mention in the Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta. I also designed a t-shirt for my junior class. In 2003 I attended a small art class in Dallas, PA for one year. My plans for the future are to go to college to study Art and Psychology.
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Keighlyn Alber is a senior at GAR Memorial High School. At school, she participates in Drama Club, Chorus and Band. She has also been involved in all of these activities since the 7th grade and has also received various honors in them. Keighlyn was selected for GARs small group chorus. She has also auditioned for and made it to the PA Music Educators Association Chorus Festivals on both the district and regional levels. Keighlyn is very active in GARs marching band and was chosen to be Drum Major. Out of school, she has been Irish dancing for over 10 years. Keighlyn performed The Altos Lament for WVIAs Artist of the Week series.
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Tara Mazurczyk , Abington Heights
I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and lived there for about 14 years. Born into a family with unique cultures and personalities, I explored different areas of interest and, at the young age of ten, realized that I truly had a passion for painting. I traveled to many places within New England and found that environments such as the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the thick forests of New Hampshire, and the rocky coasts of Maine inspired me most. The surroundings were vibrant with color and movement, especially in the fall. Marthas Vineyard, however, is what triggered the artist in me as a result of its breathtaking scenery and interesting architecture.
Entering my senior year of high school, I have sharpened my skills of painting and now feel fully able to paint for an audience, an audience who upon viewing my artwork will hopefully be inspired. Landscapes are my expertise. I enjoy nature, and so, I try to capture elements of nature in all the works of art I create. For the most part, my technique of painting is pointillism. I feel that detail is key to making a piece of artwork interesting and eye catching. The technique from close up may look like millions of random dots, but when the viewer takes a couple of steps back, they then realize what the subject matter really is.
My goals for painting are to inspire others with the work I do and hopefully make a difference in their lives. Lately, I have tried to achieve this goal by painting murals for the Abington Youth Center in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, which has just recently closed. It was very rewarding, and I was able to display my artwork on a larger scale. I hope to continue helping not only my community but others as well. Creativity is contagious and must be passed on in order for a society to grow and prosper.
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Gemma Sturdevant, Abington Heights
Gemma Sturdevant had her first experiences with music when she started playing violin in fourth grade. Despite the many years she had been involved with music at Abington Heights, it wasn't until her freshman year in highschool when she became a serious musician. She had always longed to play the cello, but had never gotten the opporutnity until 2006. She switched instruments from violin to cello and swiftly fell in love. She has now been studying cello for three years.
Music is her passion and it takes up most of her time. Over the last three years she has become greatly involved with music both inside and outside of school. At Abington Heights, Gemma is the principal cellist of her symphony orchestra. She is also involved in Abington Heights High School Honors Orchestra and String Quartet. She has attended both PMEA District and Regional orchestra fesitvals and would love to make states this year. Outside of school Gemma has played in two Orchestral ensembles. For the last three years she has been a member of the cello section in Wymoming Seminary's Civic Symphony Orchestra. This is a volunteer orchestra which plays challenging repertoire and rehearses once a week at Wyoming Seminary. It is a relatively small ensemble. They perform two different sets of repertoire twice a year. She loves playing in Civic because their concerts are free and open to the public, this makes Wyoming Seminary's Civic Symphony Orchestra an easy way for the public to become involved with great music. Gemma has also performed with Marywood University's Symphony Orchestra. She was a part of the cello section there for her junior year of high school. During the summer, her musical schedule does not get any less hectic. Each summer Gemma attends the Performing Arts Insitute of Wyoming Seminary(PAI). It's a wonderful, intensive, six week program which musicians come from all over the world to attend. PAI, like for most attendees, is almost like a second home for her. This is where she has met wonderful people of the musical nature whom she will most likely be friends with for the remainder of her life. She feels that the reason why everyone who attends loves PAI so much, is that it is such a heavily concentrated musical environment. It's not everyday that one gets to meet two hundred other students who have the same passions as they do.
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Jamie DeNoia, Hazleton
I was born into the city of Hazleton on April 10th, 1992. It feels like since that day, Ive always been involved in art. Im most confident I could draw before I could walk. I spent my early days drawing video game characters, and animals. As I went through school, I was always known for art. If someone wanted something drawn up, they always seemed to come to me. When I look at my elementary drawings however, I feel that they are terrible in comparison to anything else. I discovered sports werent for me pretty quick, and I also spent middle school in a back brace because of scoliosis. This just made more time for art in my life I feel because although I was active, it made involvement in other things sometimes difficult.
When I entered high school is when I got serious about art. I take all the art classes I can. Ive also done art for other teachers other than my art teachers. I want to pursue a career in the arts in college as well. It can be art education, graphic design, or commercial art; I feel its my destined future. The hours I spent creating art probably tops everything else Ive spent time doing. In an autobiography, art takes over. When I define myself, artist is always in the description.
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Donna Yocum, Hazleton
Donna is an accomplished pianist currently studying under piano master Thomas Hrynkiw. She has achieved national standing for five consecutive years in the National Guild of Piano Students. In 2005 she won the honor of participating in the NEPMTA Carnegie Hall Honors Recital and in 2006 won the Piano4! SidexSide piano auditions, performing with the Piano4! Quartet. In 2009, Donna won the Ray Saul Music Award sponsored by the Hazleton Kiwanis Club.
Now a senior at Hazleton Area High School, Donna is the two-year drum major of the Hazleton Area High School Marching Band. In addition to piano, she plays violin, flute, and mallet percussion. She accompanies the high school chorus and is a member of the Hazleton Area High School Jazz Ensemble, as a pianist and vocalist. In 2009, she won Best Vocal Solo at the Meyers High School Jazz Festival. In addition to her studies, Donna is the organist for West Hazleton Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Josephs Parish, and St. Ladislaus Church. She instructs beginner piano students privately. Donna is a consistent honors student and is a member of the National Honor Society.
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William Krieger, Southern Columbia
My name is William Krieger. I am a senior at Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa. I have been a member of the National Honor Society for 2 years. In the theater productions here at Southern, I have been a member of The Lollipop Guild in a production called The Emerald City, Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Jud Fry in Oklahoma; and Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie. After school, I also sing in the Gospel Choir and play alto saxophone in the Jazz, concert, and Marching band.
During my years in high school, I have performed in three County Chorus festivals, two District Chorus festivals, and two District Jazz festivals. I performed with the State Jazz Choir last spring and in February 2010 I was selected and will participate in the American Choral Directors Association All-Eastern Mens Honor Choir which will be held in Philadelphia. I plan to attend college as a Psychology Major and pursue a career as a Criminal Profiler.
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Claire Brassard, Southern Columbia High School
My name is Claire Brassard and Ive loved to draw since I was little. I am 16 years old and live in Catawissa, PA where I am active in art, chorus, and the silks squad in the marching band. I never knew I was talented in art until I began taking classes. Art is something that I love so much, that I often occupy my free time with drawing cartoons. A cartoonist is a profession that I am exploring as a career. The animation process fascinates me! I would love to be a storyboard artist for cartoon shows. There is only one thing that I was born to do, and that is to draw!
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Teddie Thomas, Meyers
Hi my name is Teddie Thomas; I was born on February 7, 1991 in Bronx New York. A year after I was born I moved to Petersburg Virginia along with most of my fathers side of the family. There I saw that most of my relatives had a very specific talent in common, drawing. At first I had no idea that I too would share this talent, I didnt even realize I could draw until I moved back to New York and started my first year of school.
As weeks went by like any other kindergarten class we did a lot of arts and crafts. Day after day I sat and drew the first thing that popped in my head - normal things for a five year old like colorful dogs or flying pigs that laid eggs. But even with all those different ideas it wasnt until about the second month of school when my teacher gave us back all of our pictures from the previous month that I got a better look on how different my pictures were from the other kids in the class. From then on I knew that I could do something that others sometimes dreamed of doing. After that day I couldnt wait to get home and show my mother all the things I drew hoping that she would also notice how good they were. To my surprise I wasnt the only one to come home with folder full of pictures, my older cousin Dominique had already had a folder full of pictures just as good as mine which started years worth of art contests.
By the time I was in the second grade my art skill had gotten even better and the contest between me and my cousin still went on. At this time we started drawing different cartoons that we saw on TV. Pokemon was one of our favorite; one by one we would choose a different Pokémon and then fight over whose came out better, as you could have probably guessed this got us nowhere. Still, we went on challenging each other not even noticing that we were expanding our art skills. Sadly around the beginning of the third grade my mother, father, recently born brother and I moved to Manhattan. Starting at my first of many new schools I found it very difficult getting used to the fact that I not only didnt know anyone but also that no one knew that I could draw. This made me wonder whether or not I should reveal my talent and hear people ask me how I knew how to draw and can you teach me how to draw this? Little did I know that being the new kid can be really boring and the only thing to do is draw, but it led me to gain many new friends all fascinated with my talent. Because I was not able to see my cousin Dominique as much, the drawing contest came to a end and I started to get interested in the art of cartoon animation.
As time flew by my teenage years began and I now lived in Queens where I started my first year of junior high at a school called I.S 77. There I had the option of taking an art class so I could learn different techniques that a young artist would need to know. Being in my first art class made me feel good seeing other people my age that could not only tell me how good I was but also show me how to make certain pictures better. Later on I was chosen along side 10 other kids to join an after school art club to create a portfolio for college. After being in this art club for two years I was given the opportunity of participating in an art contest against another school. Shortly after being chosen I got the bad news that I was moving yet again to Wilkes-Barre PA where I live with my aunt and her two kids.
For the past four and a half years Ive been going to E.L Meyers high school where I have been taking art class for about two years. Along with my friends and the teachings of Mrs. Flaherty Ive learned life long lessons and many different ways to express my feelings in my art work through colors, shades, and shapes, from using all one color in a picture or combining different art utensils in one big master piece. I am very honored to have been chosen as Artist of the Week.
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Sarah Zulkoski, Meyers
Sarah Zulkoski is currently a senior at E.L Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre. Sarah participates in various activities at Meyers such as Cheerleading, Chorus, Student Council (Treasurer), Key Club, Senior Class President, SADD, Psych Club, National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
Outside of school, Sarah participates in the St. Aloysius Church Cantor program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a Dancer at Joan Harris Conservatory for the Arts where she also participates in the Student Aide Program.
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WVIA ARTIST OF THE WEEK | Maggie Rychlik | 09-10
Maggie talks about her art, family and school.
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Katie Laputka, MMI
Katie has been studying music since she was six years old. At the age of nine, she starred in the PA Theatre of Performing Arts production of Annie. While attending French Woods performing Arts Camp, she played Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music. She also had the pleasure of working with the Nuremberg Community Players in May of 2007 in their production of Singin in the Rain, playing the character of Kathy Seldon. In March of 2009. she starred as Dorothy in the MMI Preparatory School Drama Club production of The Wizard of Oz.
On April 7, 2007, Katie performed (sang) Out Here On My Own in the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In October of 2004, Katie recorded a song entitled Listen to Me, written by Jerry Hludzik (founding member of the band Dakota) and Annie Scheafer, which was forwarded to the Disney Company for consideration. Shortly after, she recorded a second song with Hludzik, Day Like Today. In 2007, she also had the privilege of performing Close Your Eyes and See on the Child Prodigies CD, which showcases original songs written by music students.
Lastly, Katie has been involved with Silent Santa, a non profit organization that provides gifts for eligible Hazleton area families at Christmas. She has been performing on their Spirit of Christmas CD since its inception in 2004. In addition to singing, Katie plays guitar and piano.
Katie is a senior this year at MMI. Upon graduation, she plans to attend college concentrating on an Elementary Education major, and a minor in Theatre.
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Kyla Kemmerer, Susquehanna Community
I realized I wanted to study illustration about two years ago, but I have been interested in art my whole life. For years I drew in simple, lined notebooks, always sketching creatures and places that no one has ever seen before. Only later did I learn how to really use my ability.
Once I was in high school, I took several art classes in order to learn new techniques and about other mediums besides pencil. These classes soon became my favorite place to be. Luckily, my family has always been very supportive of my enthusiasm towards the subject. My art teacher helped inspire me to draw to my full potential; she has taught me everything I know now about art. She also made me realize the discipline and hard work needed to become successful in an art field. With my teachers helpful guidance and the immense support from my family, I know now that I can succeed in my plans to continue studying art and illustration.
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Ashlee Getter, Susquehanna Community
My name is Ashlee Getter. I am seventeen years old and In my senior year at Susquehanna Community High School. Some activities that I am involved in at my school are basketball, track and field, drama club, choir, reading competition, envirothon, and participating in the blood drives that are hosted every few months, I currently have a job at the McDonalds establishment in Great Bend, PA. In my free time I enjoy writing, reading, spending time with my family, and of course, playing piano. Music is a wonderful release for me. Whenever I am feeling a certain way, I can always count on music as my bridge to channel any emotions that I may have. I hope to soon learn to read music so I may further my opportunities in majoring in the art and hopefully pursue a career in doing what I love most.
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Sarah Bernstein starred in April of 2009 in the Western Wayne Players production of the Stephen Sondheim classic Into the Woods. Her portrayal of Cinderella gained her audience and critical acclaim. To quote a judge from the Sherman Theatre Spotlight Awards: Ms. Bernstins interpretation of Cinderella was fun and refreshing. Her voice and movement on stage only added to the overall effect which was excellent in all regards. There is no doubt about it, this woman ruled the show. Ms. Bernstein gave an outstanding performance as Cinderella. This critique garnered her a nomination and in May, Sarah received the coveted Best Actress in a Supporting Role award at the Spotlight Awards Ceremony. The production, und the direction of Nancy L. Evans received the highest awards of Best Overall Production of a Musical at the Spotlight Awards. Sarahs prior theatrical accomplishments were in 2008s production of Grease as Patty Simcox. Later that year, she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member at the Sherman Theatre Spotlight Awards for her portrayal of Patty. Ms. Bernstein acted as the Student Director for the Western Wayne production of Grease. Sarah had her first acting experience at age six in the musical Rumplestiltskin as Miss Busy Bee. In the 3rd grade, she was offered her first lead roles as Chloe in the musical Inside the Outside Inn and the Narrator in Somethings up down in Bethlehem She later did an adaptive play of The Sound of Music as Kurt. Sara played the role of Ada in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat at Western Wayne High School.
Her 9th grade year, she auditioned for Performing Arts Institute and was accepted for voice and piano. At DeWitt High School, she was in Bella Voche Womans Choir Cantare (Soprano I) and Chamber Singers (Soprano II). Since she was 8 year sold she has been doing fine arts for the categories of womens vocal solo, human video and drama. She later competed in KCEA for drama and won first place for her monologue, competing in Denver and Orlando. Sarah has also been Student Director for the musicals Miss Saigon and Grease. She has been playing piano for 12 years. This year, Sarah performed as Elphaba in a vocal duet with Chelsea Thoman in For Good from the hit musical Wicked. This past January, she performed the National Anthem with Western Wayne Chorus members at a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game. Sarah would like to thank her mum and dad and her seven beautiful sisters. Also to her best friends, you know who you are. To Mrs. EvansI could never ever say thank you enough. you gave my wish. Most importantly Sarah would like to thank God for giving her the talent that she possesses.
Having a dream isnt stupid. Not having a dreamnow thats stupid Idina Mendel
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I was born in Myrtle Beach, SC and was surrounded by all the things that inspire me today. I moved to Pennsylvania at age 7, but it wasnt until I started middle school that I discovered my interest in art. When I was in 8th grade, I had my first piece go to Scholastics. I remember seeing all the portfolio winners and kept telling myself that that could be me someday. Seeing these pieces of art motivated me even more to keep going with my interest in it. When I entered high school, a lot of doors were opened for me. I discovered who I was and how I can express myself through my artwork. During my high school career, I have been involved in NAHS for 4 years, girls varsity soccer for 4 years, and have participated in multiple extracurricular art studies such as Arts Alive and Art Save for 2 years each. I have maintained my grades staying on the Honor roll every year, even though it was challenging at times! I plan on attending the Savannah College of Art and Design after I graduate, and am looking forward to my future art experiences.
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Amanda is a student who only recently began demonstrating a serious commitment towards the development of her artistic talents. It wasnt until her junior year that she began considering art as a career. Since then she has dedicated much of her time and efforts to creating pieces that are meticulously painted with harmonious palettes of color. The subjects of her paintings are reflections of people contemplating their solitude or enjoying the simple things in life. Amandas works are a blend of delicate details, subtle modeling quality, and heightened color palettes that define her style.
Amanda is from a family of artists. Two of her aunts were graphic designers and the other, a studio artist. Since she was a little girl, she always had an interest in art, but it was not until recently that she found herself becoming more and more fixated on producing fine quality art. Amanda is now in the process of developing a body of works for her portfolio. She hopes that these pieces will demonstrate her growth, dedication and maturity as an artist.
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WVIA Artist of the Week for the Week of May 16-22, 2010
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When I was younger, I was always fascinated with insects, I found the patterns and the different sizes extremely interesting, and I would pin them onto a board to keep them to look at. In Middle school, I always tried to go the extra mile at whatever it was that I was doing. After entering high school I didn't think of taking art course. I thought everything was all business and typing. Then I was recommended to take a drawing class due to all the sketching I did on everything. So, I took a drawing class and a pottery class to try it out. I had no idea my world would be transformed so much. So now, every chance I get I can be found in the art studios. I am in the ceramics room 2 to 4 times a day working on my pieces.
In my artwork, everything has a meaning. Nature and the elements as well as other people inspire me. I find everything to be seen in an artistic manor. My pieces reflect my mood and opinion on the subject. My projects tend to be rather sharp and pointy. Considering I like things to have a twist and yet still look interesting, I am always challenged with the function of things.
I have only been taking art course for the past two years and I could say that I have found my niche. My work is my way of expressing myself and interpreting the world.
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I am 17 years old and a senior at Honesdale High School. I have been playing the flute for about 8 years. My musical accomplishments include 1st chair at Marywood Honors Band in 2006, District and Regional Band in 2008 and 2009, assistant Drum Major for the 2008-2009 school year, and Band President for the 2009-2010 school year.
Some other things I am involved in are cross country and softball. I am a 3 time captain of the cross country team and 2 time captain of the softball team.
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My name is Harrison Ingermarson. I am currently attending Lakeland High School and am in the eleventh grade. I have been playing piano and composing music since I was ten years old. However, I have only been taking piano lessons for four years. In the tenth grade I entered into the Reflections Program for music composition and won first place at the state level. In addition, I have performed for three school talented shows. During my free time, I enjoy practicing a wide repertoire of music ranging from Baroque to Romantic, Neo-Classical to Modern Pop. Some of my favorite composers to study are Beethoven, Igor Stravinski, George Gershwin, John Williams, and Billy Joel. I aspire one day to make a career in music composition and once I graduate high school I hope to enroll at a music college.
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At a very young age Brandon found a greater interest in coloring in all different directions and coloring outside the lines. After much needed training and taming of his skill, he still likes to color outside the lines and coloring in different directions. He was born on October 3, 1991 at C.M.C. Hospital. Although his mother says he was plucked from the skunk cabbage patch, his birth certificate comes from the hospital. Brandon has been a Lakeland student for 12 years, and will be graduating in 2010. Brandons artwork emerges from strong morphed shapes and deep color. He plans on pursuing his ambitions in such a career as studio painter or a high school art instructor.
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McKinzie Wallace is WVIA's Artist of the Week for June 6 to June 12, 2010