Student Artist of the Month: April/May 2018


In partnership with Forsyth County high schools and Windsor Jewelers, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to present the Student Artist of the Month.

All Forsyth County high schools (private, public, and charter) that have arts programming were invited to participate in the Student Artist of the Month program. Arts educators and administrators from each school will select one student each month for recognition based on academic rigor and artistic merit.  A variety of arts disciplines will be recognized over the course of the school year.

Cora McAnulty

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely

Nominating Teacher: Janet Blakely

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts

Grade: 10

GPA/QPA: 4.4

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I enjoy being able to use different materials and techniques to create beautiful pieces of art.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend a North Carolina College and major in the arts.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Representing my school and helping them to win artistic awards.

How will the arts influence your future career? I hope to continue doing art my whole life and to have a career in the arts.

Ballard Huey

Atkins Academic & Technology High School

Principal: Joe Childers

SAM Coordinator: Janet Blakely

Nominating Teacher: Justin Sumners

Arts Discipline: Band

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.6

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? The incredible feeling that you get when a skilled group is all on the same page at the same time.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UC Berkeley studying Engineering Physics.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Making All District Band consistently since middle school.

How will the arts influence your future career? No matter what I do I want to continue music, maybe not as a career, but certainly for enjoyment

Minji Baek

Bishop McGuinness High School

Principal: Tracy Shaw

Nominating Teacher: Alan Hirsh

Arts Discipline: Music

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 4.33

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part is playing instruments and learning about Music theory. I’ve been in orchestra since I was sophomore. I play percussion, especially drum-sets. I spend lots of time working my parts when I get new music. I feel enthusiasm when I play instruments. Also, I’m taking Music theory this year. In the beginning of the school year, I struggled in that class. However, I tried to do my best and worked hard; I got A’s each quarter in this Music theory class. Music theory is hard to understand because this is my first time learning the actual theory of music, which means a deeper dive into the core of what music is. However, I love this class because I learned lots of things and I found amazing things through this class, I have perfect pitch! I’m so glad that I am taking both classes.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I want to attend college in Korea, like Hanyang University, Yonsei University, or Sungkyunkwan University. The reason why I want to attend these schools are because I want to live with my family. I am living with my sister in United States for study abroad, but my parents are living in Korea, which means the only time that I can see my parents is during summer vacation. And I’m going to major in Music or there is a specific program in Korea where I can study to become a flight attendant.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment is when I played the musical “The Addams Family.” I played the drum sets and I worked really hard. I was really stressed out during tech week or after school when I practiced. However, I worked really hard to get my parts, and I did awesome in the Musical. It was my first musical to play orchestra so I was very nervous and worried, but it was a really great experience and my best accomplishment.

How will the arts influence your future career? I haven’t decided it yet but I also hope to become a Music Therapist. When I feel sad or stressed, music makes me calm and helps me relax. I want to become a music therapist and help others feel joy from music the way that I do.



Davis Wood

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Vera Boston

Arts Discipline: Performing Art

Grade: 12

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like to portray different characters because it’s fun to become another person for a few hours.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCW – Theater.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? In my senior year I played the lead role as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

How will the arts influence your future career? I would love to be an actor. The arts have given me the opportunity to discover a passion that I’d like to continue in the rest of my life.Davis Wood

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Vera Boston

Arts Discipline: Performing Art

Grade: 12

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like to portray different characters because it’s fun to become another person for a few hours.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCW – Theater.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? In my senior year I played the lead role as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

How will the arts influence your future career? I would love to be an actor. The arts have given me the opportunity to discover a passion that I’d like to continue in the rest of my life.


Davis Wood

Calvary Day School

Principal: Rick Bohner

SAM Coordinator: Vera Boston

Nominating Teacher: Vera Boston

Arts Discipline: Performing Art

Grade: 12

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? I like to portray different characters because it’s fun to become another person for a few hours.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? UNCW – Theater.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? In my senior year I played the lead role as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

How will the arts influence your future career? I would love to be an actor. The arts have given me the opportunity to discover a passion that I’d like to continue in the rest of my life.


Rebekah Smith

Career Center

Principal: Chris Nichols

Nominating Teacher: Toni Graves

Arts Discipline: Visual Art

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 4.625

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of visual art is definitely exploring and exaggerating colors and textures. That’s why oil has become my primary medium.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I plan to attend Lander University and major in Elementary Education.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I value self-development over awards or contests. I never thought I’d be able to keep up with AP work, but I did. I’ve made 24 pieces this year. I am proud of that.

How will the arts influence your future career? I want to become an elementary school teacher. Growing up, the arts was not a big part of my education in the earlier years. I want to address that for future generations. I believe that a firm foundation with the arts incorporated daily is integral to the development children. Creativity should be encouraged to grow.


Thomas Martin

Carver High School

Principal: Carol Montague-Davis

SAM Coordinator: Julia Puckett

Nominating Teacher: Ken Suber

Arts Discipline: Art

Grade: 12

GPA/QPA: 3.8

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Architectural Renderings. I enjoy drawing houses.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? North Carolina A&T and major in Business.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My Still Life drawing.

How will the arts influence your future career? It keeps me open to new ideas.


DaShanti Glenn

Carver High School

Principal: Carol Montague-Davis

SAM Coordinator: Julia Puckett

Nominating Teacher: Mrs. Kinne

Arts Discipline: Dance

Grade: 9

GPA/QPA: 2.8

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Learning and studying different styles of dance and then using them to create my own dances.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to go to ECU and study biology.



What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? Creating projects and performing them for others.

How will the arts influence your future career? I really enjoy working with other people, and helping teach when other students are having trouble.

Nicole Holmes

East Forsyth High School

Principal: Rodney Bass

SAM Coordinator: Roman Brady

Nominating Teacher: Tiffany Burgess

Arts Discipline: Theatre Arts

Grade: 11

GPA/QPA: 3.85

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? Getting the opportunity to share mine and others ideas and art with many others.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? Elon University, Musical Theatre

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? I am proud of the interactions I have had with other in my community from any show I’ve ever done.

How will the arts influence your future career? The arts will be a large part of all of my future career through not only theatre, but my interest in other fine arts like writing.


Sofia Aguilar

East Forsyth

Principal: Rodney Bass

SAM Coordinator: Roman Brady

Nominating Teacher: Susan Johnson

Arts Discipline: Visual Arts/Painting

Grade: 10

What is your favorite part of the arts genre in which you were selected? My favorite part of painting would be seeing the final look of it.

Where would you most like to attend college and what might be your major? I would like to attend NC State University and be a Graphic Design major.

What is your proudest artistic accomplishment? My proudest artistic accomplishment would be getting best in show on my animal painting.

How will the arts in