Who’s in the Panther Spotlight? October 19, 2011


Harden dressed as a 1920s flapper girl for Character Day in celebration of homecoming. (Photo: Turner)

Senior Allison “Alley” Harden may not have begun high school at LHS, but she has certainly found her place, earning her a spot in this week’s Panther Spotlight.

Harden attended Crystal River area schools until the 2010-11 school year. She applied to the Lecanto School of Art as a junior and was accepted based on her skills.  Harden described LSA as a “really great program for people aspiring to be artists.”

“[LSA is] such a fun crowd,” said Harden. “They’re like family.”

Devoting a large portion of her high school academia to art, Harden is also a member of Lecanto’s National Art Honor Society chapter. She has been helping with the homecoming dance decorations, creating rabbit cutouts and papier-mâché tea cups to fit in with the “A Walk Through Wonderland” theme.

"The Juxtaposition of Conditioned Responses to Emotional Stimulation" by senior Alley Harden. (Photo: Turner)

Harden’s artwork, of which three pieces are featured below, has a concentration in gender roles.

“Gender roles [are] social confines of gender that society makes for us and dictates,” said Harden.

The piece “The Formation of the Female Gender Role In a Child” is exactly about its title.

“The mother is taking the football and replacing it with a doll,” said Harden. “The rest of the room is bare, which means the girl had no choice in the matter.”

Another piece, “The Juxtaposition of Conditioned Responses to Emotional Stimulation”, features Harden and her boyfriend, Joseph “Joe” Montalto.

“Joe is really stoic and very serious, and I have a tissue and am dabbing at my face,” said Harden.

An art piece by Harden, “Trapped in the Cult of Domesticity” is a commentary on gender roles observed in the 1950s. (Photo: Turner)

While attending Crystal River High School, Harden was a part of their yearbook staff. For her senior year at LHS she decided to contribute to The Legacy, Lecanto’s yearbook.

“I wanted to be a part of the school’s history,” said Harden.

Abraham Lincoln is an inspiration of Harden’s. She admires one of his quotes, “Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible,” because of its humorous connotations.

“It makes me laugh because of the visual aspect of it,” said Harden.

"The Formation of the Female Gender Role In a Child" has a child's desires being oppressed by gender roles. (Photo: Turner)

Harden plans to attend the University of South Florida in summer, 2012, majoring in psychology with a minor in arts. She hopes to become a psychologist, preferably for children.

Though many teenage residents of Citrus County think of the area negatively, Harden believes it isn’t as bad  as people make it out to be.

“Lots of people say it’s a bad place,” said Harden. “But it’s all right if you’re with the right crowd.”