Newsmaker: Joseph Guy St. Esprit III
Noteworthy:St. Esprit in April won the Hayden Juried Purchase Prize in Painting from the Community College of Beaver County Foundation at “An Evening of the Arts,” which showcases the best artwork from students in the fine arts and the visual communications programs.
Family: Sisters, Jesslyn and Annalise; brother, Aaron
Background: St. Esprit is the former lead singer of “The Doors Experience,” a Doors cover band. He won a People's Choice Award from the Pittsburgh Technology Council's 2012 Design, Art and Technology Awards. He said he signed up for a painting class last spring to fill a hole in his schedule and has not stopped painting since. He graduates on Thursday. His late mother, Tanya, encouraged him to earn a college degree. She died on March 31.
Education:Associate degree in Visual Communications/ Digital Media Design and Fine Arts, Community College of Beaver County
Quote: “I will be the first one in my family to get a degree, out of everybody. ... It's important to learn and experience new things. It's hard to justify being here if you don't.”