The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

March 31, 2010

Students to experience art, history with visit to Cleveland museum

ASHTABULA — As the year draws closer to its close, the students of Ss. John and Paul are taking advantage of some of the many activities that fall around this time each year. Last Saturday, students returned from Chicago, yesterday the junior class was offered the opportunity to tour Lakeland Community College, the students already had their winter dance and Friday students will be taking a field trip to the art museum.

“Up, Up and Away” was the theme of this year’s TWIRP dance, meaning “The Woman Is Required To Pay.” It’s unique among our high school dances in that it is put on every winter by the sophomore class and the women traditionally ask out the men. The class of 2012 put in much time and effort into organizing their dance and decorating.

“I have such an artistic group of kids,” said sophomore class adviser Kimberly Wynn. “We must have put together over 200 balloons. They all worked really hard and it was all done in good spirit.”

Lindsay Laurello, president of the TWIRP Committee, stated her anxiety over the preparation. “We kind of got it done at the last second, the last week we got everything together. I was nervous at first but everyone liked the decorations, including Ms. Larson,” Laurello said.

Also, class president Carolee Zullo was proud of all of the hard work that her class put into it. “Everyone worked really hard and we all worked well together,” she said. “I think it was one of the best dances we had, even though I’ve only been to a few. We’re looking forward to planning Prom next year and having another awesome dance.”

On Friday several students from Ss. John and Paul are taking a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Students in Art I, Independent Art, as well as the Spanish IV and V classes are all making the trip. The Spanish classes were invited to join the art classes because the museum holds several large paintings by Goya, a famous Spanish painter, in their collection. Rebecca Ollikainen, “Mrs. O,” the art teacher at SSJP, said she thinks it’s important for her students to attend this field trip.

“Art is a statement about our humanity and our history, all that we are and have been is in our art,” said Mrs. Ollikainen.

The students will be spending all day at the museum and then stopping at the Great Lakes Mall Food Court for lunch on the way back.

Mrs. Ollikainen was asked what she hopes her class takes away from the experience. “I want them to see something that makes them say ‘Wow! That is amazing!’ or I would like them to ask ‘How did they do that?’” she said. “I would also want them to want to see more.”

The students are just as excited as “Mrs. O” is.

“I’m really excited to go on this trip; it sounds extremely fun and interesting and educational, too,” said Liz Kovacs, a ninth grader in the Art I class. “I really hope that I learn a lot from it.”

Clare Hamalainen, a senior in Independent Art, is happy to be going and she’s also glad that the freshmen are going as well. “I’m really excited to go because there’s not just one set of art there, there are different things to see, which is good because everyone is different and you will be able to find something that fits your personality and style,” said Hamalainen. “I’m happy the freshmen are going too, I think it will be a good experience for them.”

These are experiences that students will always remember and be grateful for.

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