Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Throughout the year, there have been fun, memorable times that have impacted Mustangs. The fine arts programs here at LRHS have started a path to a life-long career for some Mustangs.

By taking fine arts classes, students of all grades are able to learn new things about themselves and find activities they love. For some students, all that matters is being able to express themselves through art, music, or theater in a meaningful way.

Senior Markella Paradissis-Wagner hoped to study creative writing after high school at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and her dreams have now come true.

Paradissis-Wagner took journalism and band all four years of high school. She stated that tunes impacted her as much as words.

“Music makes me happy and helps me manage everything in my life. It teaches you value, hard work and dedication of working with people. Band is the best thing ever and the arts have definitely impacted me,” said Paradissis-Wagner.

Junior David Slade said that the arts influenced his decision to continue studying engineering at Manatee Technical College next year.

Slade’s electives included engineering, web design 3, and TV production. Editing videos has also been an interest for him and TV production has helped him grow his knowledge on the foundations of video editing.

He was involved with web design for three years at LRHS and earned certifications in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator through the class.

“This class has made me feel smarter,” he said.

Sophomore Angelina Ortiz has been in Orchestra for five years, starting in middle school. She also participated in organizations outside of school, such as the Sarasota Youth Orchestra, to strengthen her skill of playing the cello.

Ortiz is very motivated and even enrolls in summer camps to continue playing her instrument over the summer. “I definitely don’t want to stop playing. It is a great outlet for me to help deal with everything in life. I cannot live without music and I love it,” said Ortiz.

Freshman Lora Brasfield took keyboard as one of her electives this year. This was her first year playing keyboard and she enjoyed it a lot. Brasfield is also taking 2-D studio art and it lets Lora express her love for art and drawing. “I’m excited to take pottery and drawing next year,” Brasfield added.

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