SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — At Lakeside High School, students have the opportunity to explore their emerging or continued interest in the arts. Kids seeking creative outlets have several programs to pursue at the school. Young artists have the option to become a member of the newly founded Art Club and excited musicians are able to join the successful Lakeside Band. Both provide new ways for everyone to express themselves and include positive experiences for those involved.
Many of the young and talented artists at Lakeside have joined the Art Club. Started this year by art teacher, Rhoda Wilson, this club aims to get the Lakeside community excited about art.
“Our principal approached me and asked if I would be willing to start this club at the school,” Mrs. Wilson said. “He was very excited to put some art by our own students in this building.”
One of their first projects is a painted mural of a dragon in the Athletic Room.
Art Club secretary, Hannah Kent, said, “The first mural is kind of a test run; we want to start small, and then make our way up to something really cool for the whole school.”
Future plans include paintings in the cafeteria and participation in local art parades.
“I think it is extremely important for the students at Lakeside to see how talented their fellow peers are,” said Mrs. Wilson. “I want to give these gifted kids the opportunity to leave their marks at the school.”
Another excellent opportunity to express oneself through the arts is the Lakeside Band. Under the direction of Joseph Tredent, band members have the chance to play new instruments, perform in front of crowds and enjoy themselves while doing it. Lakeside offers symphonic band for more advanced students, concert band for beginners, and pep band and marching band for everyone.
Trombonist Dylan Ackley said, “Band helps me express myself in ways that I would not be able to otherwise. It is a good experience and something you definitely do not want to miss out on.”
Recently the band was asked to perform at a Cavaliers game in Cleveland. Their performance will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before the game at the Quicken Loans Arena. The band members will be playing popular music from their half-time shows during the last marching season.
“It is pretty cool that we got invited to do something so exciting. I am really looking forward to performing,” said clarinetist Taylor Lopez.
Mrs. Wilson said participating in the arts not only provides creative outlets, but also helps to enhance learning. “Not all students think the same, and through the arts, different thinking kids can enrich their school experience,” she said.
The opportunities offered give everyone the chance to explore their artistic abilities, as well as untraditional learning techniques. The talented kids at the school are able to express themselves and be proud of their hard work, displayed throughout the school. The next Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso may be walking the halls of Lakeside High School.