Friday, February 21, 2014
By ABBY SLANKER
Austintown Fitch High School hosted its first Creative Arts Night Jan. 15.
The evening celebrated Fitch’s commitment to the Creative Arts and offered multiple displays and presentations of the classes and clubs offered at the high school.
“This evening is a bit of community outreach. We wanted to showcase what our talented teachers and students are capable of here at Fitch and invited the community to experience it. This event is all about Fitch’s commitment to the arts. You often hear about Math and Science being pushed to the forefront and students can get disconnected from creative arts. We give them the creative spark and an outlet to showcase their artistic talents,” said Steve Ward, Life Literature teacher and organizer of the event.
Attendees could leisurely wonder the school and visit with students involved in the ACTV broadcast, art and photography, Austintown Robotics, clay and ceramics, cooking class, Drama Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Life Literature, Math Department, NHS sundae bar, Pinterest craft club, Speech Team, STEM 3-D printing display, Talon staff and woodwind trio.
In the ACTV studio, visitors could see how the ACTV crew films and edits the morning announcements, while at the art and photography display, visitors could view the art and photography created by students in the class. Art students were also on hand painting the mural in the main auditorium hallway.
Visitors could have an interactive experience as clay and ceramics students shaped, created and engineered their art. The cooking class gave two demonstrations of the hands-on learning going on in the Foods Class.
The Drama Club displayed photos, scrapbooks, playbills and presented previous plays on DVD all evening. The Future Business Leaders of America sold coffee and pastries to raise money as they continued out of the classroom experiences.
The Life Literature class presented an anti-bullying message in this presentation of the core themes explored in the class. Life Literature students also set up a table to collect jeans to support the Teens for Jeans and prom wear to support Prom for All. Visitors were encouraged to donate their gently-used items.
The Math Department conducted hands-on demonstrations during which parents could participate with calculators. Students also displayed projects where students ‘draw’ a picture on their Nspire using equations of graphs.
The National Honor Society students set up a sundae bar at which visitors could make their own creation, with all proceeds donated to the Beatitude House.
Members of Fitch’s newest staff and students group, the Pinterest Craft Club, were busing creating crafts, while the award-winning, state-ranked Speech Team performed speech cuts.
At the STEM 3-D printing display, staff explained additive manufacturing and how new 3-D printing technology has expanded and changed the landscape of modern art and product prototyping.
The Talon staff was available to show the new website and inverted pyramid writing style, and the woodwind trio, made up of Sarah Wolfe, Ashley Hanuschak and Lauren Wolfe, played a selection of ensembles.
Throughout the evening, several students performed in the PTSA-sponsored talent show in the auditorium. Students showcased their various talents by singing, dancing and playing instruments.
To end the evening, local band, Northern Whale, performed. The band includes current and former Fitch students Jake Capezzuto with voice and guitar, Seth Donchess on drums, Brandon Fisher on guitar and Jake Stephans on bass.
“Creative Arts Night was a collaborative effort between teachers and students. The students took the idea and ran with it. Without the students, this event would not have happened. It was really great to see students and teachers working together to achieve this goal,” Ward said.