Artist of the Month: Rising Seniors

By Charles Bukovacz ’19

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

We interviewed five rising seniors continuing in Unionville’s successful art department. Each artist participates in distinct programs. All of the artists were given the same questions.

 

TESSA HALDEMAN

Indian Post: What art programs do you partake in?

TH: I am an editor for the school yearbook, a member of the school’s dance team, and a member of the National Art Honor Society.

IP: What got you motivated into taking these activities?

TH: I’ve been dancing ever since I fell in love with it at a young age. It’s a good way to stay active and to escape from work. I accepted my invitation into NAHS because of my desires to support the community with my artistic talents. I never showed any real interest in the yearbook until the advisor, Mr. Stamis, invited me. I now love working on the yearbook because it feels like I’m leaving an imprint on the school.

IP: What impact did the current seniors make on your programs over the last three years?

TH: They’ve definitely set an example for the other students. Their work ethic sets the bar for the rest of us to just strive to achieve for that level in a friendly, supportive way.

IP: What goals do you have for your class next year to better the programs even further?

TH: I’ll certainly make sure to continue serving as a great yearbook editor, dancer, and member of NAHS, but I’m mostly focused on expanding my art portfolio, really.

IP: Do you see yourself doing art, dancing, or serving the community outside of school?

TH: Absolutely. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to study in college, but I’ve set my heart on either advertising or art education, both of which require artistic development. I’ll also continue dancing but that would probably stay as a hobby.

 

DIVYAN JAIN

Indian Post: What art programs do you partake in?

DJ: I play the Marimba for Drumline and Marching Band, and I also play either upright bass or electric bass for Concert Band and for the Musicals.

IP: What got you motivated into taking these activities?

DJ: I’ve started playing bass at elementary school and I enjoyed it then, so I’ve continued to play. I also played piano when I was younger, which eventually lead me to the marimba. I actually joined Marching Band because a friend of mine asked me to join. I really enjoy playing with my band friends.

IP: What impact did the current seniors make on your programs over the last three years?

DJ: A lot. They’re all very talented, and their talent makes me feel obligated to step upalong with the fact that there’s a ton of seniors leaving the art programs this year.

IP: What goals do you have for your class next year to better the programs even further?

DJ: I’d just try to keep the programs as good as they are right now by making sure that everyone continues to grow as players, myself included.

IP: Do you see yourself playing instruments outside of school?

DJ: Yes. Although I’m planning to study physics when I’m in college, music composition will definitely remain as a close hobby of mine. I’ll probably continue to play marimba and bass in college, and I’m hoping to join the drum corps.

 

NICK STALFORD

Indian Post: What art programs do you partake in?

NS: I currently play bass drum for Marching Band and Drumline.

IP: What got you motivated into taking these activities?

NS: One major influence was from my family. Both of my parents participated in marching band and drumline when they were in high school, so I naturally felt a desire to pick up the drums. I also have a lot of my friends in marching band and drumline, so I joined those programs.

IP: What impact did the current seniors make on your programs over the last three years?

NS: The seniors would always push it to the limit and helped make the programs look good by applying their intensity to the program, so they’ve motivated me to care a lot more about drumline and marching band than when I first joined.

IP: What goals do you have for your class next year to better the programs even further?

NS: In both Marching and Drumline, the biggest issue is that we need to do a lot of rebuilding, especially the underclassmen, so I’d definitely help to fix that. The only other thing I’d consider doing to better the program is perfect my drumming skills.

IP: Do you see yourself drumming beyond school?

NS: Well, that depends. I like drumming, but I’m not thinking about pursuing marching or drumline later in life unless I had an opportunity to do it, which I would definitely go for. Otherwise, I’d stick with culinary arts, my intended major.

 

ZACH CANNON

Indian Post: What art programs do you partake in?

ZC: I am a cast member of theater, and I also am a bass singer for the school’s chamber choir.

IP: What got you motivated into taking these activities?

ZC: In seventh grade, a friend told me that I had a good singing voice, so I joined choir. From there, I joined the middle school musicals. Ever since, I’ve loved singing and acting.

IP: What impact did the current seniors make on your programs over the last three years?

ZC: The seniors have been a big inspiration for me. They’ve set a higher standard for the underclassmen to do better, and they also help us underclassmen out to make us better singers and actors.

IP: What goals do you have for your class next year to better the programs even further?

ZC: My main goal for next year is to continue building on my acting abilities. However, I’d definitely try to encourage other underclassmen to join the programs, as well as motivate the underclassmen to do better, even if they aren’t super good, because in my mind, theater and chorale equally serves as a team-building experience.

IP: Do you see yourself doing acting or singing outside of school?

ZC: Not necessarily. I definitely enjoy theater enough to participate in college, and later in life I’d love to join community theater, but I want to pursue Forensic Science as my job because my aunt, who works for the FBI, gave me inspiration to take that career path.

 

BRIGID REILLY

Indian Post: What art programs do you partake in?

BR: I know that some people wouldn’t consider TV and video production to be an art form, but I consider it art in the same way engineering can be art. I’m also interested in photography, but that’s for my art portfolio, not for school.

IP: What got you motivated into taking these activities?

BR: For the longest time, I believed that art would be the focus of my career. However, due to the competitive nature of the art world, I’ve put art as a hobby rather than my major.

IP: What impact did the current seniors make on your programs over the last three years?

BR: They’ve certainly inspired me to work harder in my art programs. They’ve also helped guide me through the process, serving as well as a teacher would. They’re also very helpful not just to me, but to everyone else in the program.

IP: What goals do you have for your class next year to better the programs even further?

BR: I really want to get more kids involved in TV and video production, specifically the kids in Engineering and Photography classes. I think they would be great assets to the program. Other than that, I’d self-improve on my own art.

IP: Do you see yourself doing TV & video production or Photography outside of school?

BR: Well, I actually already do some art things outside of school. I am part of a local art commission, where I publish art such as oil and acrylics. It’s a much more free atmosphere than art class, in my opinion, so I love it. I’ve also done some TV and video production and even graphic designing for realtors and small businesses for things like business meetings. I’m still undecided on what I want to study in college, though.

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