Work­ing Artists Fo­rum rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing stu­dents

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EASTON — Queen Anne’s County High School se­nior, Syd­ney Kay was one of two stu­dents rec­og­nized by the Work­ing Artists Fo­rum — a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Easton which con­sists of vis­ual artists se­lected from through­out the Eastern Shore. Their mis­sion in­cludes fos­ter­ing pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise through pro­grams, group cri­tiques, demon­stra­tions, work­shops, and mem­ber ex­hi­bi­tions. Mem­bers have re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards in count­less com­pe­ti­tions and art shows, and their work ap­pears in pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions through­out the United States and abroad.

WAF has a strong in­ter­est in pro­grams for com­mu­nity ben­e­fit, in­clud­ing mak­ing do­na­tions to art classes in area schools. They pe­ri­od­i­cally make awards to high school stu­dents of ex­cep­tional artis­tic prom­ise who plan to ma­jor in an arts-re­lated dis­ci­pline in col­lege. On March 13, WAF pres­i­dent Betty Huang awarded $500 gift cards for art sup­plies to two such stu­dents: Syd­ney Kay, a se­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School and Cam­ryn Carels, a se­nior at Easton High School. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place at Stu­dio B Gallery in Easton.

Syd­ney Kay of Church Hill is de­scribed as be­ing highly cre­ative and hav­ing an ex­cep­tional work ethic. She has a 3.9 grade point av­er­age and was se­lected for the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety.

She also be­longs to the QACHS March­ing Band, Fu­ture Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, Art Club, and Cre­ative Writ­ing Club. She is a de­voted mem­ber of the Girl Scouts, where she is pur­su­ing her Gold Award, the high­est merit a girl scout can achieve. For her fi­nal ser­vice project, she plans to merge her pas­sions for art and scout­ing by cre­at­ing a se­ries of stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion clips that ex­em­plify the six pil­lars of Char­ac­ter Counts — trust­wor­thi­ness, car­ing, re­spect, re­spon­si­bil­ity, cit­i­zen­ship, and fair­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to her art teacher, she has demon­strated sig­nif­i­cant growth over the last four years, and her abil­ity to an­a­lyze prob­lems and find cre­ative so­lu­tions gives her art­work a “per­sonal voice.”

Her work was cho­sen for the Mary­land First Lady’s Gallery in the House of Del­e­gates, where she was one of only three of 52 such stu­dents who re­ceived Awards for Out­stand­ing Ac­com­plish­ment. She plans to at­tend the Cleve­land In­sti­tute of Art.

Cam­ryn Carels of Easton has stud­ied art dur­ing each of her four years at Easton High School. One of her art teach­ers says she has “dis­played a height­ened aes­thetic and love for the dis­ci­pline un­ri­valed by any of her peers.” Fur­ther, “Along with her in­her­ent pas­sion for the field came a drive to bet­ter her abil­i­ties and learn as much as she could to mas­ter any pro­ce­dure or tech­nique.” Thus she has be­come a model of ex­cel­lence and achieve­ment for her fel­low stu­dents. It is there­fore not sur­pris­ing she was elected pres­i­dent of the EHS chap­ter of the Na­tional Art Honor So­ci­ety for both her ju­nior and se­nior years. She is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and the Girl Scouts, where she works as a vol­un­teer pro­gram aide in sum­mer camps.

In 2016 she was awarded a Sum­mer Arts Schol­ar­ship by the Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil to sup­port her at­ten­dance at the PreCol­lege Stu­dio Week of the Delaware Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Wilm­ing­ton. This pro­gram con­firmed her de­ci­sion to make in­te­rior de­sign her even­tual ca­reer choice. She plans to at­tend the School of Arts in the Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Univer­sity this fall.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Work­ing Artists Fo­rum, call WAF pres­i­dent Betty Huang at 443-9881818 or visit web­site www. workingartists­fo­rum.com.

Work­ing Artists Fo­rum presents art awards to out­stand­ing high school seniors. From left, WAF trea­surer Bar­bara Zuehlke, Syd­ney Kay of Queen Anne’s County High School, Cam­ryn Carels of Easton High School, and WAF pres­i­dent Betty Huang.

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