On Thursday, May 17th Lyndon Institute (LI) proudly welcomed students, families, and community members to the John L. Norris Center for the Arts to induct 18 student members into the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
Students in the National Art Honor Society demonstrate outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the school and community through the development of artistic endeavors, together with a strong moral character. By exemplifying these standards, the individual student members of the society promote an awareness of art and become active participants in the education process at their school and in their community. Additionally, students are required to participate in community service and volunteerism in the visual arts, enroll in a fine arts class or have already completed a fine arts course, and attend NAHS meetings and activities regularly. The students who demonstrated the qualities associated with the NAHS criteria inducted this year include:
President: Abigail Ham, Junior
Vice President: Jocelyn Pike, Senior
Secretary: Victoria Valentine, Sophomore
Treasurer: Haleigh Gould, Sophomore
Katerina Lukesova, Senior
Dylan Young, Junior
Rochelle Matthewson, Junior
Gabriella Ambroz, Junior
Meredith Nicol, Sophomore
Emily Sherman, Sophomore
Catherine Fiske, Freshman
Katherine Slicer, Freshman
River Stern-Carney, Sophomore
Cassidy Sherman, Sophomore
Jenna Malone, Sophomore
Liv Gahleitner, Sophomore
Sebastian Whitcomb-Paulson, Sophomore
“It is a great privilege to teach art to such a dedicated and compassionate group of young people. Each day I am awe-struck by the incredible skill and talent that I am surrounded by. As I watch my students flourish with their artistic techniques, and develop a sense of curiosity about the arts, I have to wonder how art will impact their lives in the long-run,” offered LI Visual Art Teacher Cynthia Helmbreck. “Wherever their path leads, I am certain that this group of students will always cherish their time spent at Lyndon Institute’s Norris Center for the Arts, and I hope that they continue to pursue artistic endeavors for many years to come.”
The Society welcomed artist and author Cynthia DeKett, also known as C.A. Morganis, as keynote speaker. DeKett is an artist, author, and educator from northern Michigan, who now makes her home in the mountains of the Northeast Kingdom. She is the artist and author of Emrysia: The Three Sisters Trilogy, and is currently completing illustrations for a new children’s book on the fears associated with diagnostic testing, with which she hopes to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. She is a cum laude graduate of Ferris State University’s Commercial Art program, and was awarded a certificate of completion from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut. She has also studied under artists Margaret Tvedten, Pat Deadman, and Stephen Huneck.
As an educator, DeKett provided art instruction while in Michigan, and taught music to the students at Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury. She has also worked in a variety of art-related fields, including as head painter for the Stephen Huneck Gallery. She is a staunch supporter of local arts and culture organizations, having donated her time to paint scenery for Vermont Children’s Theater, as well as supporting the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and others.