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STEPHENS: VAPA Night grants deserved recognition

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ZOE STEPHENS

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They get new workout equipment donated, they get rallies, they receive huge outpours of support from students and they benefit from general fanaticism. Sports – namely football – are a staple in any Roseville student’s diet of social happenings.

Athletes no doubt work hard to succeed, but the spotlight shone on them often dilutes other programs and events occurring on campus.

Something that almost always lurks in the shadows is art.

It does not take any less talent to create a masterpiece than it does to win a playoff game, just a different talent. Both should be recognized and praised, and at last at the VAPA awards night, artists received that long-awaited support and approval.

Flushed with a variety of art shows from both Mrs. Leong’s and Ms. Henry’s art classes, as well as a ceramic show, the awards night was not lacking in activities. Students sold their ceramic masterpieces and artists received cords for their participation in the arts.

To receive a cord a student must participate in three years of an art, be in performing or visual arts and another semester in a different art class. I was one class short from receiving a cord because

I skipped Art 1-4 and jumped straight into AP Studio Art, and later AP 2D Design senior year. I was happy to see my friends recognized for their hard work, though. The spotlight was finally on them.

Athletes put in countless hours outside of school, practicing techniques and skills to win their games. Artists work just as hard, honing skills and pushing themselves to try new mediums or attempt subject matter outside of their usual realm of comfort.

It’s impossible to watch artists like Hannah Turner or myself perform, unless you are prepared for a thrilling eight-hour performance as we draw. Art Shows and awards night provide that excitement and approval for which artists yearn.

Another delight was the recognition for Art Club. Hannah and I put countless hours into the club.

I established Art for Endangered Animals: a program where we visited elementary schools and taught the kids an art lesson and facts about an endangered animal.

Our expansion of the club and extensive volunteering allowed us to certify the club by the National Art Society this year.

Hannah and I received a cord for attending events and putting in enough hours to warrant more than enough points that allowed us to receive the cords.

You can’t paint black streaks on your cheeks or put glitter in your hair attending an art show, but they contain just as much excitement and talent as a football game.

Artists work hard, and we deserve praise, too.

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