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New society honors top Fox Chapel Area artists

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 9:27 p.m.

Eighteen Fox Chapel Area students have taken their place this week in the first class of the high school's newly formed National Art Honor Society.

“This is to celebrate kids who excel in the arts,” said teacher and co-founder Jody Shell. “This is their forte. It gives them another venue to excel in besides academics.”

Art teachers Shell and Joan Marangoni spearheaded the creation of an art honor roll to inspire students who have shown sharp ability but also help promote the visual arts throughout the community.

“They'll have a responsibility when there's a group in the area that needs help with the arts to go out and provide expertise,” Shell said.

As members of the National Art Education Association, both Shell and Marangoni were interested in extending some perks to students.

“Being involved in the arts is something that enhances your life all through,” Shell said.

Students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society during a ceremony this week at the high school. StageRight Community Theater Director Bill Ivins was the guest speaker.

To qualify for the honor society, students had to earn A's in at least two art courses and also must maintain a 3.0 quality-point average in other classes.

Students selected must have received recommendations from two teachers and must have submitted three pieces of art for review.

Shell said she was pleased with the turnout for the inaugural batch of applicants and suspects many more will apply next year.

“I think that this will help students feel the contribution they make to the arts is valuable,” she said.

“And, it encourages us as teachers when students excel.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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