Students gathered in the Student Commons on the morning of Thursday, May 18 for the Fine Arts scholarship signing breakfast. This was the first year the event took place.
Art teacher Deanna Sortino pioneered the idea. She decided it was time to recognize the students who have spent countless hours on their craft and that earning an art scholarship is a notable achievement. Sortino also recognized the students’ parents for supporting them through this endeavor.
“Every time I saw a news story about another Niles West athlete signing with a college, I kept asking myself, ‘Why are our fine and applied art students not being recognized for the scholarships they are receiving?'” Sortino said. “Both sets of students have worked incredibly hard on crafting a particular skill, and they should all be recognized for their hard work and dedication–no matter if that skill is for football, art, music, etc.”
Director of Fine Arts Patti Anne Ford firmly believes that the most rewarding feeling as an educator is to know their department has played a significant role in a student’s life, especially those who are pursuing their art in college. Ford planned for the event to push students to recognize that they are capable of taking the skills they acquired at West to push their work forward.
“I think we continue to fight against the stereotype of the starving artist. Our students are not starving- in fact, they are thriving and being called upon for a wealth of opportunities,” Ford said.
Senior Edie Alvarado believes the department should make the signing annual. Alvarado has been a critical piece of the Fine Arts Department since her freshman year, and she will continue her art on a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
|Edie Alvarado||Deanna Sortino||Savannah College of Art and Design||Visual Arts||$72,000|
|Sarahi Rodriguez||Deanna Sortino||Northern Illinois University||Visual Arts||$84,960|
|Jenna Moore||Deanna Sortino||Arizona State University||Visual Arts||$4,000|
|Jazmin Alvarado||Deanna Sortino||Tribeca Flashpoint||Visual Arts||$70,000|
|Zach Montalvo||Deanna Sortino||Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design or SCAD||Visual Arts||$68,000|
|Daniella Thach||John Zilewicz||School of the Art Institute Chicago||Visual Arts||$79,000|
|Angela Christodoulou||John Zilewicz||School of the Art Institute Chicago||Visual Arts||$72,000|
|Isabel Pimentel||John Zilewicz||Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design||Visual Arts||$60,000|
|Collin Menzimer||John Zilewicz||Rocky Mt. College of Art & Design||Visual Arts||$2,800|
|Alex Banh||John Zilewicz||Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design||Visual Arts||$68,000|
|Brendan O’Shaungessy||John Zilewicz||University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana||Horticulture & Visual Arts||$20,000|
|Chester Beck||Matthew Hunter||Belmont University||Music||$32,000|
|Junica Cruz||Matthew Hunter||North Park University||Music||$12,000|
|Raciel Millan||Matthew Hunter||North Park University||Music||$12,000|
|Alana Knobel||Andy Sinclair||American Musical and Dramatic Academy||Theatre||$6,000.00|
|Stephanie Gubin||Andy Sinclair||DePaul University||Music||$25,000.00|
|Mia Sostrin||Steve Katz||Niles West Music Parents Association Accolades Scholarship||Music||$500|