Ellen Farnsworth, Staff Writer – National Art Honor Society [NAHS] is a nationwide organization sponsored by the National Art Education Foundation, and the branch in Lecanto recently inducted its new officers. NAHS was established in 1947 and all of its branches focus on core values of mentorship, community service, and collaboration through art. The Lecanto High School [LHS] branch does face-painting at festivals, murals around the school and community, and decorations for school dances.
Junior Gabby Hayes is set to be an officer next year and has big plans for the club.
“I’d like to leave our mark on the community. Doing art around the county would be really fun; most of our murals have been in the school,” Hayes said.
The officers also had different reasons for wanting to become a bigger part of the club.
The treasurer of the club, Sophomore Delaney Foy, is in her second year of membership.
“I wanted to [become an officer] because I think it’ll be a really great opportunity, and I’ll enjoy the experience,” Foy said.
The previous president of NAHS, Senior Lauren Kronz will be graduating this year and turning the club over to younger students.
“I’d say to the new officers and members that it’s a really special experience. Join if you can, and becoming an officer would be something to strive for,” Kronz said.
Seniors in the club had many fond memories of activities done in years past.
“I really like how I’ve met so many different grade levels that I wouldn’t have without NAHS. I also love the festivals; they’re a lot of fun,” senior Kesarin Ketpara said.
A recent activity started by younger members has also been grabbing attention. It was inspired by a trip to the Ringling College of Art of Design and class showcase, where art students observed a figure study.
“I love the figure drawing classes. We just started recently, but we did some in black and white last meeting that were really cool,” Kronz said.
The change in officers will take place in the 2017-18 school year and all new officers look forward to future projects.
“It means a lot to be able to make an impact through art like we do,” Hayes said.