Austintown Fitch High School students put on the first annual Creative Arts Night held Jan. 15 at the school.
AFHS language arts teacher Steve Ward, along with his life literature class, came up with the idea to showcase to the community a side of the school that isn't always seen.
Featured were art and photography, Drama Club, Future Business Leaders of America, the life literature class, National Honors Society, speech, the math department, Pinterest Craft Club, S.T.E.M., 3-D printing, clay and ceramics, cooking class, ACTV broadcasting, a woodwind trio and a talent show that ran during the night.
Photos by Melissa Moliterno, Town Crier Correspondent
Members of the AFHS National Honor Society hosted an ice cream sundae bar at the first annual Creative Arts Night on Jan. 15 at the high school. Pictured from left are: Samantha Ferguson, 18, Alex DiFrancesco, 18, Maura Bianco, 17, Cali Mikovich, 17, Charlotte Ward, 4, and Lindsay Pauline, 18.
According to Ward, the purpose of the life literature class is to help kids get involved in their community and bring attention to issues that usually go unnoticed.
"So much emphasis is put on math and science, and rightfully so, but we don't put that emphasis on so many other talents that the students have. We say if you aren't good at certain things you aren't good in school. So, in Austintown, we thought this would be a great night to showcase the arts," Ward said.
As a teacher he doesn't always get to see what the other staff and students are working on, Ward said, so this was a way to see what happens all over the school.
One project that has been going on at AFHS is the continuing mural. The mural was started in 2010 and runs down the main hallway of the high school. Students of the art III and IV classes work on it once a week for class.
"The mural helps the arts get represented in the school," said Ramsey Keller, 17. "Usually sports get a lot of attention, so it's nice to have something to show the art in the school."
Another project the life literature class has been working on is collecting used jeans to donate to Teens 4 Jeans, a jean drive for homeless youth in the community.
"Jeans are the number one thing teens in shelters ask for, so we thought it would be a good way to help kids our age," said senior Ryan Cochran, 17.
Beginning two weeks prior to the event and during the Creative Arts Night, 717 pair of jeans were collected.
"In the life literature class you get to meet new people and interact with people you usually wouldn't, and I am doing things I never thought I would," said Symone Scott, 17.
The Pinterest Craft Club is a new club to AFHS this year. Isabella Caruso, 15, came up with the idea and with the help of club adviser Sheila Henline. The club makes crafts from the website, Pinterest.com.
"It's fun to have a creative outlet, Caruso said." A lot of the clubs are athletic-related, so its nice to do something different and it's cool that we get to incorporate technology."
"I think art is important because it shows creativity, and you use your imagination," said Brandi Cardoza, 18. "If you can think it you can make it."