Schools and Libraries
June 9, 2014
After demonstrating their devotion to art and their community, 19 Long Beach High School students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society. An additional 15 students were recognized as 2014 nominees. Prior to the start of the ceremony, students Dana Berman and Mark DeGuzman serenaded the guests with a string duet.
NAHS adviser Sue Presberg explained the rigorous requirements for membership. To be nominated for this honor, students must maintain a 95 or higher average in two years of studio-in-art classes, be registered to take art class in their third or fourth year, and be recommended by an art teacher. After meeting these qualifications, inductees must fulfill the qualifications for membership in this selective society by completing 15 hours of community service in the arts and attending bimonthly NAHS meetings.
"Please remember, there is a lot of competition out there, but that should not frighten you," said Ms. Presberg. "Don't let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or talented enough or you don't fit that cookie-cutter role. Whether you are continuing in art or going on to other fields, your artistic skills will always be your advantage."
Serving as guest speaker for the ceremony was local visual artist Steve Kolodny. "Try not to be intimidated by what you think you can't do," he advised. "Interpret that assignment and bend it to your strengths. Give your inherent talent the freedom to express itself."
To spread their love of art to their community, NAHS inductees made and sold greeting cards. They also created art projects with fellow high school students in the life skills program, made ceramic Mother's Day hearts with Lindell students, and ran a greeting card fundraiser at the district's art show.
Inductee Mariza Navera explained the elements of art, describing how color, line, form, texture, space, balance and movement are used to form the language of visual arts, and Mark DeGuzman led his fellow artists in the NAHS pledge. A candle lighting ceremony was presided over by Gabriella Cerrati. Samara Rynecki gave an overview of the society's accomplishments of the year.
Ms. Presberg then named Gabriella and Samara as the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Artist Scholarship Award. Interim principal Neil Lederer and middle school art teacher Judy Knoop were bestowed honorary memberships.
On exhibit for the evening was artwork created by this year's inductees and nominees, giving testament to the extraordinary talent of the young artists who were being honored.
The NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and the community.