Lakota Shout-Outs: Jan. 31

Lakota Shout-Outs: Jan. 31
Posted on 02/05/2020
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130-Plus High School Band Members Qualify for District 13 OMEA Honor Bands

More than 130 Lakota East and Lakota West band students qualified for one of the District 13 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) honor bands. Students memorized scales, practiced music and prepared to sightread music before the live audition before a judge. They had the opportunity to learn alongside other area band students in preparation for a live performance with a guest conductor at William Mason High School on Jan. 19. Congratulations to all the students selected for this special honor! 

Two West Student Artists Named Overture Semi-Finalists

Lakota West's Dalal Alami and Taylor Thompson have been named Visual Arts semi-finalists in the Cincinnati Art Association's Overture Awards Competition. The next round of competition takes place Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Aronoff Center.

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. The competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art, and vocal music. Students in the visual arts category had to submit between six and eight pieces in their portfolio.

One piece from each of the winners' portfolios is shown above: "Recognise" by Dalal Alami and "Bonded" by Taylor Thompson

East's Washburn Wins Trip to Washington D.C./Gettysburg

Each fall, Lakota high school students can opt to take an Americanism Test sponsored by the American Legion. Over 40,000 students statewide took the challenge, and Lakota East's Jasmine Washburn got a 100% and won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C./Gettysburg. Congratulations, Jasmine!

West Senior Featured in Butler County Insider’s Guide

Lakota West senior Quentin Walker was featured in the “Butler County Insider’s Guide,” a publication with national circulation that is developed by the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau. Quentin is recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, having created an app called Sprout to help high school students find internships that match their interests. Click here to find Quentin’s feature on page 11 of the Butler County guide. 

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Cover Features East Student Artist

Lakota art students are making a splash in the February issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle. This is the first time that a student photographer's work has been on the front cover of this community magazine. 

Lakota East Senior Tanner Gagliardo took the cover photo of Anna French, another Lakota East senior, painting her masterpiece. Both students are profiled in a student artist story inside the issue, along with Lakota West seniors Dalal Alami and Katherine Newcombe. Check out the online version of this month’s West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle.