Every spring, upper school students gather in the Fine Arts Center to celebrate talented artists from each grade. Two artists from the freshman and sophomore classes are recognized each year and four from the junior and senior class.
When people think of the arts, they often think of drawing and painting, but the arts laureates awards are not so limited. This year’s recipients included students who excel at ceramics, acting, singing, cello and more.
At this year’s arts laureates ceremony on April 4, an award was presented to freshman Eleanor DuPree for her drawings. According to art teacher Donice Bloodworth, she has excelled this year in her year-long art class. Mr. Bloodworth said that he was very proud of her work and the effort she put into his class. Drawing has been a long-time passion of hers, and she plans to continue pursuing her art in the coming years.
Freshman Olivia Healy was recognized for her vocal talent. Chorus teacher Susan Wallace has worked hard with Healy to improve her range and expand her ability to sing different types of songs. “Ms. Wallace has really helped me develop as a singer and hopefully will help me even more in the coming years,” said Healy. Healy also takes part in the Pace drama productions.
Sophomores Jack Brown and Kate Mallard were also recognized as arts laureates. Mallard won the award for her vocal talent. She is known around school for her powerful voice. “Singing is my happy place,” said Mallard. “I feel like I can just let everything go and sing.” She has participated in many theatre productions at Pace, along with Cabaret. With her recent performance on March 23, Mallard has won Cabaret in back-to-back years. She hopes to continue her singing career for many years.
Representing a completely different form of art, Brown was recognized for his original poetry. Brown has successfully published two books of poetry, which can be purchased on Amazon. “He is super creative and really draws his works from the heart,” said sophomore English teacher and Knight Gallery adviser Haley Conroy.
The juniors were represented by two singers, a visual artist and a costume designer. Matthew Quintana, a singer and actor, has been taking part in Pace shows since sixth grade. Another singer and award recipient, Allie Appel, has not only dedicated herself to Pace’s theatre productions, but also has taken part in many shows outside of school.
Anna Jordan was recognized for her painting talents, and Lauren O’Sullivan was recognized for costume design. O’Sullivan said that she begins by sketching out how she would like to dress each character. Then she finds fabrics that would fit properly and puts it all together on a poster to present to a panel of judges. She has been very successful so far in her design efforts and hopes to pursue costume design beyond high school.
Senior arts laureates this year included Siofra Casey, Conor Hartman, Grace Pottorff and Jack Thompson. Thompson was recognized for his talent on the cello. Thompson has played cello since middle school and has always had a passion for instruments. Pottorff was rewarded for her acting and singing talents. She has taken part in many shows and may be best known at Pace for her role as Belle in “Beauty in the Beast” this fall. Conor Hartman was rewarded for her ceramics skills, as she has made many types of pots this year in her ceramics class. Siofra Casey earned the award through her multi media art.