Sounds like an energized year for the arts at Northwood High School for 2011-2012. Not only was Northwood High School Senior, Kristen Hutchinson awarded second place for her artwork during the Congressional Art Awards Competition, but will have her work displayed in the Congressional Office in Washington, D.C. The award was presented to Kristen by Congressman David Price after entering a photograph of her grandfather called “Waiting” into the annual competition. Her photograph also received a Gold Key for this winter in the Scholastic’s Arts and Writing Awards. One can only imagine the excitement when Leslie Burwell, Visual Arts Teacher at Northwood, felt when she heard Kristen’s name called during the ceremony!
Julia Sloane, another 2012 graduating senior from Northwood High School, has won a National Honorable Mention in the National Dance Education Organization’s annual awards. She is one of 7 awards winners across the nation. According to Gina Harrison, Art Director at Northwood High School, Julia dances with the Northwood High School Dance Program under the direction of Leah Smith (dance instructor).
photo: Charlotte Harrison
During the Spring semester of 2010, Julia successfully auditioned for and choreographed a solo performance for the dance concert, including her own costume, and lighting. In the next two consecutive semesters, she performed two more solos. In the 2011 winter concert she auditioned for and choreographed a group performance with two other dancers. Locally, Julia has also been named winner of this year’s Bynum Front Porch Art’s Grant. We wish Julia all the best as she moves on to the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. According to Julia, she wants to make a dance experience available to a wide audience. Cornish College of the Arts has it’s dancers perform a site-specific piece for the public in downtown Seattle every year. She can not wait to become part of this process and see the impact the dance community has on Seattle as a whole.
Northwood celebrated sold out shows for past March performances of Seussical, a show about friendship, the value of imagination, and the benefits of hard work. Students from Northwood High School worked really hard memorizing lines and learning music, constructing sets and painting drops to recreate the characters and story from the imagination of Dr. Seuss.
The photo is of the Sour Kangaroo rehearsing in the Jungle of Nool. NHS presented special previews of Seusssical for almost 1000 Chatham students on March 20. The show was chosen as a way to work with the elementary & middle schools and promote March as “Reading in our Schools” Month. Elementary schools throughout the district use the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday to encourage the joy of reading.