HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County students were offered a unique opportunity on Wednesday to not only showcase their art, but also win a scholarship to Youngstown State University.
The art show is more than just a chance to show off what they can create in high school, but also what they have been working on since they were in middle school: Their creativity.
The Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s fine arts show displays many forms of art, including photography, digital art, sculpture, ceramics, prints, drawings and paintings, from high school students around Trumbull County. Some pieces are sad, while some are happy, but they are all unique pieces of work.
“The quality of the work is always a surprise. These are high school students and quality of the craftsmanship is outstanding,” said William Young of the TCESC.
One hundred-and-sixty STEAM Excel students entered 120 pieces into the show, which was held at the Butler Institute of American Art in Howland. The STEAM Excel program starts in middle school and continues into high school. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Students in the program get one day a week to travel to get art training.
“As it is my first year teaching, I enjoyed watching them develop. And it was really cool seeing what was turned out from them,” Joseph Badger High School art teacher Emily Goerig said.
Like her student, Samantha Greathouse, who won the $500 scholarship offered by Youngstown State University. She said she’s thankful there is an arts scholarship for her because there seems to be more scholarships in core subjects.
“They think ‘oh, you’re going for art and what not,’ but it gives us a chance, anyone that likes art, to go out and try for it,” Greathouse said.
“When you add an element of a doorway to creativity, it’s really cool to see what comes of that,” Goerig said.