By Eli Lanehart
When walking through the halls, students may look around and see a random collection of brush strokes residing on the brick walls that were once bare. These brush strokes contain bits and pieces of Red Lion history and the dedication of the artists that created them. This artwork is something that will unite the past with the present; a mural of Red Lion’s history in the form of a timeline.
This idea was brewed by the PRIDE committee of the Red Lion faculty, predominately Mr. Cooley, Mr. Vanada, and Mr. Schmehl. These three teachers took off on a branch of PRIDE to carry teach students more about the history of Red Lion. It was then carried out by the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
By Helen Zeidman and Carly Guise
Editor-in-Chief and Junior Editor-in-Chief
For years, the walls of the high school have been missing something.
In that time, many students and staff members have commented on the lack of color, particularly in one of the wings most recently built, the D200’s. This year, social studies teachers Mr. Calvin Vanada and Mr. Sam Cooley decided to change that.
By Carly Guise
Red Lion’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has always been composed of a unique group of students.
“I really like seeing kids who would normally pass each other in the halls come here and make connections,” Ms. Kelly McBrien, NAHS advisor, said. “When you come into this room, you have a great mix of kids, from athletes to really booksmart kids, or maybe even kids that don’t like to participate in a lot of extracurriculars. They come in here and come together.”
It is this mix that allows for the group to do so many different events for their service hours. These events vary from face painting to planning for murals and decorating windows.
Over the next few months, NAHS has several service events planned.
By Helen Zeidman
Mrs. Kelly McBrien had always wanted a club of her own. When she was in high school, she did not have access to a chapter of National Art Honor Society. So, she pledged to make her own when she got a teaching job. But instead of building a club, she built a family.
McBrien has been the adviser of the Red Lion chapter of National Art Honor Society for eight years. She is close to the members of her National Art Honor Society club, even going as far to say that they are a family.
“When I look at the members, we have athletes, musicians, National Honor Society members, and students that this is the only thing they do, I know that the thing that holds us all together is visual arts.” McBrien said. “This is like a little pocket of family.”
National Art Honor Society is a highly selective club, with less than 1% of high school students participating, that focuses on the key attributes of art scholarship, service, and character. The inductees are chosen by Kelly McBrien and David Hopkins, both art teachers at the high school. Induction for new members for this school year will be on February 7, 2016.
In addition to being a group of dedicated artists, the National Art Honor Society is also a collection of passionate volunteers. All members of the club are required to have at least ten service hours per semester, and according to McBrien, most students exceed that goal.
In fact, they have already participated in one of their many volunteer projects of the year; painting windows for the holiday season. The members are creating winter scene paintings for the windows at the Red Lion Community Building. These paintings will decorate the building in anticipation for the annual Breakfast with Santa and will provide holiday cheer until January.
The club is also working on another project to decorate around the high school. They are creating paintings to hang around the school to spruce up the older hallways and stairways.
With all of the volunteer work, artistic projects, and high standards for service and character, National Art Honor Society is a very active club. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s good work,” McBrien said.
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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