Friday, October 25, 2013

Visual Arts "Fright Night" Festival

Congratulations to the Visual Arts Department  for their outstanding work on our annual Fright Night festival last night!  The pumpkin display at the Beebe Library was incredible - I am blown away by the talent of our young artists.  Our Culinary Arts students contributed delicious cookies, cupcakes, caramel apples, and pumpkin whoopie pies. Thank you to teachers Joy Schilling, Meg McKenna, Morgan Sharkey, and Susan Lacy for their hard work with our students.

The Film Festival in the Galvin Auditorium was really something special.  The quality of film production is certainly beyond high school level work - kudos to teachers Jon Berecz and Chris Constantine and all of the students involved.

Beyond that, a few things really struck me about our WHS students.  The auditorium was packed full - largely students and alumni - on a World Series game night and the excitement was palpable.  This is a tribute to the tradition and extended family atmosphere the Visual Arts Department has created over time. The respect students have for each other's work is wonderful - they were so supportive of every student, every film, throughout the night.  It was great to see our faculty starring in a couple of the movies and more were present in the audience.  Our kids absolutely love how invested their teachers are in all of their activities.  And finally, the fire alarm went off in the middle of the movie (caused by a water main break in town) and the 750+ house full of students moved quickly and efficiently out, waited patiently outside in the dark, and then filed back in 10 minutes later to resume the show.  Perfectly behaved.  

Our students' talent, performance, and behavior is such a wonderful tribute to our Visual Art Department, our school, and their families.  Congratulations on a great night!

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