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Loveland LOVES high school art!
Loveland LOVES high school art!  Loveland LOVES the arts, and our educators know that participation in performing and visual arts inspires students’ creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This month in a special series we explore #TigerGrowth in our arts programs at elementary, intermediate/middle and high school level.

Every Friday at Loveland High School (LHS) Teacher Rachel Bierken has a small group of students perform musical instruments in the main lobby. This unique experience welcomes all into a high school that truly embraces the arts in all forms.

“Both the study of and appreciation for the arts is important to the complete academic development of our students,” said LHS Principal Peggy Johnson. “As such, we have elevated the visibility of the achievement for our student-artists. Starting last year, LHS hosted its first ever Fine Arts Signing Day for members of the Class of 2016 who decided to continue the pursuit of their artistic talents through acceptance into a higher-education program.”

Exploration of art study is prevalent for the student population at LHS.

More than 500 students, one-third of the population, participate in music courses at LHS each year. The courses offered include Chamber Orchestra, Strong Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chorale, Concert Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Lab Band, and the nationally awarded Loveland Show Choirs By Request and Allure (all female). This year, Loveland Show Choirs will culminate their competition season at the Show Choir Nationals held at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in late March.

The LHS Marching Tigers earned a Superior Rating at the OMEA State Marching Band Finals during the 2015-16 school year. This was the second consecutive year the marching band achieved the top rating at this contest. Already this year, the 147 students who comprise the Marching Tigers have qualified for the OMEA state competition for the third year in a row with their show SWARM, and they have also earned sixth place out of 33 schools at the Midstates Mason Marching Band Invitational (highest ever in band history at that competition), and second place at the Forest Hills Invitational.

April 28 the LHS Jazz Ensemble hosted their First-Annual Night of Jazz performing for the community at the Oasis.

It doesn’t end there!

Around 640 students participate in the LHS ART program which includes Art I – IV, AP Studio Drawing, 2-D and 3-D, Graphic Design, Ceramic, Photo I & II. Two For the Love of Art gallery shows will be on display showcasing the work of student-artists in both winter and spring.

In October, LHS student-photographers and artists created artworks in response to the photography of Nancy Ford Cones, a notable photographer from the early 1900’s and Loveland native, which were put on display at the Loveland Historical Museum.

As a sophomore last school year, Sam Smith was recognized for his photography and short film in a prestigious Cincinnati competition, winning an Overture Award. And, also last year – as an LHS senior, Dean Parker enjoyed nothing but love in Loveland as a crowded auditorium of supporters gave his film – No Love In Loveland – a standing ovation after the world premiere. Parker’s film was accepted as a finalist in the All American High School Film Festival – the largest high school film festival in the country. The 12-minute long film was screened at the AMC in Times Square, New York City. This year, LHS has already congratulated (now) Junior Sam Smith, Junior Stone Taul and Senior Jon Parker for earning five awards for their short film Tunnels at the 2016 Cincinnati Teen Film Challenge.

In 2015-16 LHS shows of Cinderella and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee packed the auditorium. Dozens of LHS students were nominated for 18 Cappies for their performances and participation in Cinderella. LHS Student Erin Wilmanns took home the award for Best Featured Actress!

This year you can catch the LHS Drama Department performing The Addams Family November 17, 18 and 19.

“It’s awesome, really – what our student-artists have the talent to accomplish,” said Johnson. “It speaks to the culture of our district, and a developing of these skills over time with nurturing professionals guiding the way. This is Tiger Growth at its finest.”

Photo caption: In May 2016 LHS hosted its first-annual Fine Arts Day Signing to recognize student-artists who planning to formally continue their pursuit of art study beyond high school. Pictured are the students who were recognized during that ceremony (L to R) Kelly Baumgarth, Ethan Carle, Madison DeAtley, Tim Kim, Sydney Mahon, Dean Parker, Ashley Salzl and Jennifer Frank.

Related stories:
Mr. Hilliker's Blog - Loveland LOVES the arts
Loveland LOVES elementary school art!
Loveland LOVES intermediate & middle school art!
Loveland LOVES high school art!
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