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All district arts festival showcases student talent

By Staff | May 21, 2012

School board member, Dick Bradley is admiring some jewelry and ceramic pieces made by the art students at the high school on Thursday evening.

HUGHESVILLE – Last week the East Lycoming School District hosted their annual all-district arts festival that was held in the high school’s gymnasium. Art teachers, Lynn Stola, Steve Buggy and Rick Mahonski displayed works of student’s art for the public to view on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

A special table showcased seniors’ art, and Steve Buggy announced that one of these seniors will be awarded a substantial scholarship to the college of their choice. “The Fedder Memorial is given every year to an outstanding senior who is majoring in art,” he said. The scholarship is named after a former art teacher in the district, Catherine Fedder. The recipient of this memorial scholarship will be announced at a later date.

The Junior-Senior high school choruses opened the festival Wednesday night with their spring concert under the direction of Joy Barto. This will be her final year performing with the chorus as she will be retiring.

On Thursday evening the Elementary choruses from Ashkar, Renn and Ferrell schools performed a sampling of their repertoire of songs guided by Pamela Lamb that included “Count on Me” and the “Battle Hymn of Gettysburg.” Performing with them were the elementary school bands directed by Brian Barckley and Mark Boyer.

School board member, Dick Bradley commented on the talent of the students. “I love looking at the photographs,” he said. “It is a pleasure coming down here. I am always in awe of the students’ talent and the teachers who helped them make this possible.”

A diorama of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in the Laurel Highlands was made by Marilee Getgen, a student at Hughesville High School.

Various media in painting, printmaking, drawing and design, jewelry making, commercial design, pottery, photography, ceramics and stained glass were represented.