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LAC recognizes april's Artists of the Month

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

Each month students from county middle schools and the high school are recognized as Artists of the Month by the LaFontaine Arts Council. These students are nominated by their fine arts teachers as exhibiting outstanding achievement in their area of study. In April, the following students were recognized by their teachers at Huntington North High School.

Art teacher, Teri Fuller-O’Brien, nominated Hannah Ringo for her excellence in Visual Art. Ringo is a junior and the daughter of Thomas and Susan Ringo. She has taken art classes every year of high school. She plans to continue in her art classes in her senior year. According to Fuller-O’Brien, “Hannah is a dedicated student with a strong work ethic and desire to be successful in all her courses. She spends time outside of class to be successful in her art classes. She has volunteered at art events and has won numerous awards for her artwork.” Hannah plans on pursuing an Education Degree and teach English.

Nominated by Ruth Reed in the area of theatre, Lina Willard is the daughter of Linda Willard. “Lina is a very talented young lady who knows how to play believable characters. She has an amazing voice and is an incredibly poised performer” says Mrs. Reed. She has had the lead in many roles including “Happy Days,” “Bugsy Malone” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” She has taken theatre arts and advanced theatre arts classes at HNHS. She has participated in Varsity Singers all four years and has appeared in several Pulse Opera House productions. Willard plans to attend IPFW and major in Musical Theatre. Her ultimate goal is to appear on Broadway.

Jordan Hersey, a senior at HNHS and is the son of Debra and Randy Hersey. His nomination is in the area of speech and drama. Ruth Reed is his nominating teacher. According to Reed, “Jordan is an extremely talented and versatile speaker, actor, dancer and singer. He has had leading roles in a variety of shows and he always creates dynamic and interesting characters that can charm and entertain audiences of all ages.” Jordan has delivered countless speeches to a variety of audiences, and was the narrator for “Scrooge” for a Manchester University Band Concert. His leading roles were in the following productions: “Crazy for You,” “Happy Days,” “Bugsy Malone” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” He participated as a rap star in four variety shows. He was a dramatic actor in the One-Act Play Festival. He participated in Varsity Singers. He has taken theatre arts and advance theatre arts classes at HNHS. Jordan was also in the Pulse Opera House production of “Willie Wonka” and plans to attend Huntington University in the fall majoring in Communications.

Nominated in instrumental music by band director Heather Marshall, Katie Hunt is the daughter of Christopher and Lisa Hunt. Marshall describes Katie “as a student who goes above and beyond in everything she does while always having an amazing attitude. She participates in several ensembles, plays tennis, studies privately for trumpet lessons and does well in her classes. She is currently preparing to perform a solo piece with the Jazz Band for the final concert. Her solo and ensemble solo work went to state, receiving a gold rating at the regional level and at the state performance. Her trumpet trio also received a gold rating at state, won a contest for music at Homestead High School and performed for the HCCSC School Board in April.” Katie plans to attend college to major in Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy. She also plans to play her trumpet in as many bands as possible at the college she attends.

Vocal Music Instructor, Dan Baker, nominated Shelby Spencer for her outstanding achievement in vocal music. Shelby is the daughter of Tom and Angie Spencer. Baker states “Shelby is one of the hardest working students in my department. She has a passion for music and excels at performance. As the company manager of Varsity Singers, she leads the ensemble in various capacities. Shelby is a frequent soloist in our department concerts and competitions. As a student intern, she conducted and taught the eighth grade choir at Crestview Middle School.” Shelby’s future plans include studying Music Education at IPFW and continuing to assist the HNHS Choral Department.

Shown in the photo are Huntington North High School’s Artists of the Month for April. From left to right are Hannah Ringo, Teresa Fuller-O’Brien, Lina Willard, Ruth Reed, Jordan Hersey, Heather Marshall, Katie Hunt, Dan Baker and Shelby Spencer.