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Cultural arts are alive, well at Northwest

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McKena Jones

The cultural arts department has seen many successes in recent weeks. Here’s a recap of some achievements received by the art department, dance team and music department:


ART: NC Association for Scholastic Activities

During the weekend of Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, a team of eight students in art teachers Beth Herrick and Amber Bryant’s classes participated in the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities at the Durham School of the Arts. The works were to be based around the poem “Writing History’s Bargain by Shelby Stephenson and included pieces from eight different types of media: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, photography, computer generated art and sculpture.

“All of these students created terrific works of art,” Herrick said.

Overall, Northwest placed fourth in the state-wide competition. Seniors Maddie Clark and Stephanie Mayer received first place in their respective categories of photography and drawing, and Mayer even placed best in show.


Dance Team:

Throughout the same weekend, Northwest’s dance team took on its own state competition, placing first with a perfect score of 100. The team consisted of seniors Sam McCoy, Madison Mendyk and Hailey Parker as well as juniors Alivia Hicks, McKena Jones, Aaron Lindsay, Lauren Slakter and Joshua White.


Band and Winter Guard:

Finally, several Northwest students involved in band and colorguard have received high recognition at recent competitions, school events and other opportunities.

Northwest’s Winter Guard team placed high enough to score them a seat as Regional National Finalists.

“Please congratulate [Winter Guard] on their success based off their hard work,” band director Brian McMath said.  “Most people don’t know they rehearse three days a week after school for at least eight hours.”

Additionally, members of Northwest’s band, in their free time, were able to apply to play in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Honor Band.

Furthermore, Northwest’s Winter Percussion band has been representing Northwest and promoting the arts at competitions around the state, placing second in their second competition this year.

In all, Northwest is proud to promote its artistic achievements.

“I feel like the educational system doesn’t put enough emphasis on the creative side of someone’s academic career,” Mayer said. “There’s just as much intelligence coming from the creatives in our school as there is from the AP classes or the athletic department.”

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