Sept. 27, 2012, Lecanto High School’s [LHS] National Art Honor Society [NAHS] had a meeting with their members to discuss their portfolio artwork. Members of the NAHS range from sophomores to seniors, and students in it are some of Lecanto’s top artists.
“It’s a great group to be in,” sophomore Christian Miranda-Boulay said. “It’s very good for applications to art colleges, and adding on the art program here [to the application]. I’d say you would have a good shot at attending a good school.”
The NAHS is a national program for art students that was started in 1968 by the National Art Education Association for high school students from grades 10 to 12 for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art.
“It’s a good program for the students,” art department head David Brown said. “It’s always good to recognize the potential in our students, and it helps give them a place in the future in their art career.”
Connecting with the school’s local Lecanto School of Arts [LSA], 25 middle school students in Citrus County are selected to join LSA, which is for students that have an individual taste for the fine arts. In order to be accepted into LSA, students must audition.
Auditions include a written application, assigned drawings, a review of the student’s portfolio, and a personal interview with the director of LSA.
Junior Shania Banks feels happy about having a meeting close to the beginning of the year.
“The meeting itself was beneficial,” Banks said. “It gave us personal information and future meeting dates, and it also gave the new students in the program some background on the group itself.”
With more time for artwork and appreciation, NAHS will prosper in helping students achieve successful lives in their art career.
“They may be students who are making their own artwork,” Brown said, “but we do what we can to help them out [and to make sure the students are] being successful in the program.”