Lakota West would like to congratulate Surabhi Tewari for earning the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT.
On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers earn the top score. Among ACT-tested US high school graduates in the class of 2012, only 781 out of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.
Nineteen West Freshman French I students earned national recognition from the National French Contest taken this past March. Félicitations!!
Top 10 nationally:
Award recognition for high scores:
Lakota West High School is now accepting applications for student parking for the 2013-14 school year.
Completed applications must be returned to Mrs. Williams in Student Services Annex by May 24, 2013. Any application turned in late will be put on the waiting list.
Please see the attached application for more information:
Please click on the links below for the 2013 Summer Assignments:
Art students and their parents at Lakota West High School had the unique opportunity to hear presentations by artist and illustrator, CF Payne. Payne is world renowned for his art illustrations; some of which have graced the covers of Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest. Payne has also illustrated numerous children’s books for authors such as Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and actor John Lithgow.
Samples of his work can be viewed at www.cfpayne.com.
Payne spoke with the students about the history of art and illustration, as well as the role that art plays in their lives. Students in the AP Drawing class were able to speak with CF Payne and hear his critique their work.
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|Junior Kristian Engel poses with CF Payne after getting him to autograph a print of Payne’s||
Senior Abby Koch hears a critique of her AP Drawing work.
Mrs. Kessler and AP Drawing seniors pose with Mr. Payne.
YOUR INVITATION & APPLICATION TO EXHIBIT AT THE
2013 LAKOTA WEST HIGH SCHOOL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, Ohio
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Always the first full weekend in October, the Lakota West Arts & Crafts Show, going strong for over 36 years, has come to be known as one of the premiere arts & crafts shows in the area. We continually strive to provide the highest quality show for both our artists and our shoppers. By filling out and submitting the enclosed application, fees and other requirements, you’re agreeing to the rules of participation as follows:
ART & CRAFT MEDIUM:
This is a juried show. Previous participation doesn’t guarantee future selection. All items must be original art/craft, handmade by you, using a minimum 3-step process. No commercial, retail, mass-produced, food (except those juried), health/cosmetic, or flea market type items. Only items for which you submitted photos and were juried by are acceptable in your booth. Booths will be reviewed for quality, presentation, descriptions matching those on the application, and ample inventory for this 2 day show. We prefer only one medium per booth, with a strict limit of no more than 2 mediums (type of art/craft) and 2 artists/crafters per booth.
Most booths are 10 feet wide by 8 feet deep. Some spaces are 11-12 feet wide by 7 feet deep. All spaces are at least 80 sq. feet, with the exception of the locker bays on Main Street (some of which are irregular in shape) which equal approx. 1 ½ spaces. Double booths will be limited and are not guaranteed. No NEW double booths on Main Street will be available. Cost is $85.00 per booth space (limit 2, side-by-side); full locker bays (limit 1) are $190. Electric is very limited and not guaranteed. If applying for electric, a separate $10 check must be included with the application. If we cannot provide electric, your $10 check will be returned with your confirmation letter. Applications, fees, and required items must be received by APRIL 1, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will cause your space to be forfeited.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Preference will be given to returning crafters requesting the same space they had last year, although the LWHS Arts & Crafts Committee reserves the right to assign booths at their discretion to provide their desired show layout. Refunds will be issued if we are unable to accommodate requests for double booth spaces or electric. No refunds will be issued after your participation has been confirmed. If you are unable to occupy your space, you must notify the LWHS Arts & Crafts Committee in writing to insure your future participation in our show. YOU MAY NOT SUBLEASE YOUR SPACE. This is imperative to maintain the integrity of the show.
Enclosed you will find a general map indicating where booths are located at Lakota West. We will use the front upper gym, rear upper gym, lower gym, cafeteria, and Main Street. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred areas on the enclosed application form. If you are a new Exhibitor, please submit at least 3 current close-up photos of your art/craft and 1 photo of your booth display. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON BACK OF PHOTO’S. Application photographs become the property of the Lakota West PTSO and will not be returned.
Tables and chairs are not provided; you must bring your entire set-up. We require a neatly designed, organized, and “dressed” booth. Tables must be attractively SKIRTED TO THE FLOOR on all sides visible by the public. Bins/ boxes must be stored out of sight or in your vehicles. Attention to these details brings customers into your booth, resulting in increased sales. Booth spaces must be returned to their original condition following the show.
The LWHS PTSO will once again hold a raffle showcasing the work of a select number of crafters. This raffle has been very well received in previous years, bringing added exposure (and hopefully added sales) to those crafters who are featured. In exchange for your donated item, the PTSO will prominently display your item in our raffle space on Main Street, with a sign indicating your name and booth location so that shoppers can readily find your booth. Please indicate your interest in this raffle on your application.
The show will be publicized with extended community coverage in the form of a minimum of 75 signs, fliers, community and neighboring cities’ newspapers, event bulletin boards, our feeder school system mailings, school marquees, and radio and cable public access TV. We are very aware that extensive publicity equates to a successful show. However, our township (West Chester) and neighboring township (Liberty) have put new restrictions on signage within the community which limits the number of signs we can post. For that reason we’re seeking help from you by asking those of you who live on main thoroughfares to consider displaying one of our signs in your yard. Please check the appropriate box on your application and we’ll deliver the sign to you.
Set-up will be on Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending on booth location. Your assigned time will be noted in the confirmation letter.
All booths must be stocked with ample inventory for the duration of the show; all booths must remain open until 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday. Those who leave early on Saturday or begin breaking down their displays before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday will not be invited back next year.
Smoking is prohibited on school property, both inside and outside. Due to fire codes and health reasons, there will be no burning of candles, incense, or any similar substance during the show. Photography of other vendors’ inventory/display is strictly prohibited. Disrespect to our committee members and volunteers will not be tolerated. Violators to these policies may be asked to leave and will not be invited back next year.
The Lakota West High School PTSOAll Proceeds Benefit Lakota West High School Students
Kroger Plus Card Users For Athletics – April Is Registration Month!
Kroger donates $1,000,000 per quarter to charities that sign up for it’s Community Rewards program. The more people we have signed up, the more we spend as a group which gives us a bigger share of the $1,000,000. If you shop at Kroger and would like to begin supporting Lakota athletics for the first time, use the link above and click on “Create an account” in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the instructions provided.
Our participation during the last two quarters alone has generated over $5600! The Athletic Department and Athletic Boosters appreciate your support!
Thanks ... and Go Firebirds!!
2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Lakota West High School is very proud to announce that senior, Shelby Leshnak, and freshman, Shane Harris, both received Gold Medals for their artwork at the 2013 National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. Shelby’s drawing, “Longest Bell of My Life,” is a perspective drawing of her art room that she created last year in Mrs. Gauer’s Drawing & Painting II class. Shanes’s sculpture, “Parthenon,” is a sculpture he created from a bar of soap in Mrs. Kessler’s Fine Art I class at Lakota West Freshman Building. As Gold Medal recipients, both students will have their work included in the National Exhibition in New York City which will open on Saturday, June 1st.
Shelby, Shane, and their teachers Mrs. Gauer and Mrs. Kessler are invited to be a part of the National celebration in New York City. National Award-winning students and teachers are invited to participate in activities during National Events which start May 30th. Programs include workshops with local organizations, lectures by well-known artists, portfolio-building seminars, studio visits with prominent artists, curatorial talks, and museum tours will take place during the celebration. Student winners, parents, and teachers will take part in the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 31st!
230,000 entries were submitted at various regional sites this year. Only 10% of each regions entries received Gold Key awards which then make them eligible for the national competition. Only 1% of the original 230,000 entries received national recognition. Lakota West received 102 awards at this year’s regional competition! Regional winners were part of the regional exhibit which was on display at the River Center building in Covington, KY, February 8th - February 22nd. Regional winners were honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, February 22nd at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Gold Key regional winners then competed at the national level. Congratulations to all our regional and national winners!
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing, and over $40 million in scholarships and financial aid has been made available to regional and national Awards winners by over 60 partnering top arts institutes and colleges. 90 years after they began, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers.
Students who win at the regional level are celebrated at local ceremonies and have their work showcased in exhibitions, publications and at public readings. National Medalists are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City.
Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.
Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.
The Alliance’s Regional Programs mount more than 70 art exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country. Regional exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Miami Art Museum, FL; Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, IN; Stauth Memorial Museum, KS; College for Creative Studies, MI; Mississippi Museum of Art, MS; and Armory Center for the Arts, CA; among many others.
The 2012 National ART.WRITE.NOW NYC Exhibition, showcasing National Gold Medalist work, will be on display in New York City in June 2012 coinciding with the national celebration at Carnegie Hall on June 1, 2012. Approximately 300 works of art and more than 50 works of writing from the National Award winners will be included in the exhibition. The Alliance also holds ongoing exhibitions at the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in cities across the country via the ART.WRITE.NOW national touring exhibition.
Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog, Best Teen Writing, and Spark (anthology of work by middle school students), which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, New York Times Upfront magazine.
The Alliance presents over $250,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top winners of the Awards and their teachers. National Medalist seniors are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities. Click here to learn more!
Graduation Information for the Class of 2013
Congratulations! Every high school diploma is the result of a lot of hard work by both parents and graduates. High school graduation is an exciting chapter in the continuing story of your family’s life together. It’s also a moment to celebrate accomplishments, share your memories and look toward the future.
For important graduation information, please read more on this page.
To view the slideshow that was shown to seniors on May 2nd, click HERE.
These three students are Lakota West's National Merit Scholarship Finalists, Ethan Bennett, Abed Traboulsi, and Paul Register. They have been chosen from a select few to represent Lakota West as contenders in this scholarship program. Lets all wish them the best of luck in the future and we hope they represent West with pride.
(In order left to right: Ethan Bennett, Abed Traboulsi, and Paul Register)