“There are so many people with so many stories to tell, but no one has asked. If I can help uncover that rich history, it helps history live on.”
-Mr. Sam Cooley, local history teacher
By Sarah Marclues
At Red Lion Area High School, The NAHS or National Art Honor Society does so much to spread the love of art in the community. They aren’t an art club, they’re a national society. The NAHS is made up of 11 students, Erin Gildea, Linh Huynh, Sebrina Joynes, Lindsey Hemmann, Rachel Jenks, Katelyn Witmer, Hailey Gunnett, Tyler Robbins, Meghan Rutzebeck, Carley Blanchard and Sky Warner.
To be accepted into the society, all of the students need to be nominated by the art teachers-Mr.Hopkins and Mrs.McBrien. Both of the art teachers are looking for students that possess art skills, are willing to help others,have a B or higher,and have a good sense of character. Along with that you would need to give five good reasons why you would want to join the group and to show your devotion and interest, knowing they have five service hours per semester to giveto the community. This year’s induction will be February 3, 2014,so anyone interested in joining this society should definitely talk to Mrs.McBrien or Mr. Hopkins.
Every year NAHS holds all sorts of fundraisers and events that the students help out with.
“We hold bake sales every month,” senior Sebrina Joynes replied, so if you have a sweet tooth- be sure to help out and chip in. There will be an assortment of goodies to keep your stomach content and thriving for more. So definitely keep an eye out for upcoming bake sales.
All the money NAHS earns goes towards art supplies and projects like murals.
Also, for the upcoming winter, senior Lindsey Hemman informed The Leonid, “the NAHS painted at the Community Center”, all the society students worked together to makeup wintery scenes for those winter blues. All the paintings can be viewed up until January, so feel free to take a peek.
Another project they’ve been doing is called the Memory Project. For this the NAHS draw portraits of orphans, or orphans from third world countries.
Not only do they do projects for the society, they help out other organizations as well. When talking to art teacher Mrs McBrien she said,” We are like an onion with our giving and help the community”.
When talking to students from the society, they called it a family. “It (NAHS) has shaped me into who I am today.When we all come together to be the creative individuals that we are, we can just be our wacky selves without any fear of judgement. We become a family,” Lindsey Hemmann said.
Mrs. McBrien couldn’t help but to agree with just that. ”These are the coolest kids in the world and are as diverse as could be”.
According to Sebrina Joynes, ”There is never a dull moment in Art 2!” Joynes explains people are her family. "Everyone is so fun and friendly, if I could spend all day there I would. The NAHS has given me my best highschool memories that I will take with me when I graduate and I am so appreciative of that!”
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