Words: Charles Regnante
Senior Beth Lyman was looking for things to do over the summer. While skimming through the Internet, she stumbled upon the Columbia Festival of Arts ninth annual Chalk it Up competition, a sidewalk street art contest, held on June 15th and 16th.
“I instantly thought it would be a great idea,” said Lyman. She then informed fellow art students, seniors Morris Mou and Erin Yamaguchi about the competition. Both seniors jumped at the chance to join Lyman in the contest. “I love art, and I’ll take whatever opportunities I can get,” said Yamaguchi.
“Even though I had never drawn with chalk before, it sounded like a really fun opportunity,” Mou commented.
The three art students, who are also the National Art Honor Society leaders, had one goal in the competition: to create a cool piece of art, but one that had meaning too. They decided to model their drawing after Baltimore’s Inner Harbor because it was something everybody could recognize.
Their chalk drawing of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at night merged the unique artistic styles of each artist. “Chalk artwork is never detail-orientated. It’s all about style,” Lyman explained.
“The nature of the medium that we were working with really helped to communicate the styles we had,” Mou added. When the piece was finally finished, they took a step back and stood in awe. “I didn’t realize we could make something like that,” said Mou.
Their hard work paid off. The Centennial student group took home the contest’s 3rd place (Tourism’s Talent Salute Award) in the adult category. Lyman summed up the groups experience saying, “It was really just a fun time had by all of us. Even though it’s fun to win, it’s the overall experience that truly matters.”
On April 27th, five artworks created by the following Centennial High School art students were on display as part of U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings’ Congressional Art Competition held at the Walters Art Museum: Laura Brezinski, Ginny Kim, Morris Mou, Becky Rout and Erin Yamaguchi.
Art III student Morris Mou’s “Self Portrait in Blue” painting won the Baltimore Museum of Art Curator’s Award. Photo II student Ginny Kim’s image “The Greatest City in America” won first place – the Congressional Award for Congressman Cumming’s district. She will go to Washington in June to attend an awards ceremony for works by students representing each congressional district in the U.S. Kim’s photograph will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one entire year.
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On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the CHS Chemathon team competed at the 29th Chemathon, at the University of Maryland – College Park. Congratulations to the following students on their achievement at the event. Angela Chan, Victor Chang, Gabriel Koo, Morris Mou, Mina Sun, Joanna Ye, and Amy Zhang.
The CHS team received the following rankings in various categories:
1st Place in “Chemistry Sign” event.
1st Place in “Weighing by Redox” event.
2nd Place in “Chemistry Crystal” event.
2nd Place in overall competition among 24 high schools from Maryland, Virginia, DC and Pennsylvania.
Words: Paul Didwall & Miranda Mason
Photo: Nan Collins (artwork by Morris Mou)
Late last week, a beautiful piece of artwork created by Morris Mou was taken from an art panel in the CHS hallway, according to art teacher Nan Collins. The painting took Mou between two and three weeks to paint and is very valuable to him. He needs this piece for his college portfolio. Any tips are appreciated and can be given to Ms. Nan Collins or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collins stated, “I have been here 18-19 years and seldom do we have theft.” Collins believes that the painting will be able to be tracked down through word of mouth. “We have faith that the people in this school will come forward if they know anything.” stated Collins. Her main goal is to get the painting back for Morris, not to punish who took it.
The Centennial Administration is very active in helping find the painting. “We have a continuous stream of surveillance, and I”ll watch it until we find who took it down.” said Collins.