UNION — High school students and middle school students who will be attending school next year who have an interest in the arts can now nominate themselves or be nominated for the Union County High School’s Gifted and Talented Arts programs.
Camille Robinson, Union County School District director of Special Services and Gifted and Talented, announced Thursday that the nomination period for the Gifted/Talented Arts Classes is now open.
She said the nominations are open to students at the high school and to middle school students at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, Sims Middle School and Lockhart School who will be attending high school next year.
“Gifted and Talented Arts Classes are offered in drama, visual arts, and music,” Robinson said. “Students may be nominated by teachers, parents, or friends. Students may nominate themselves. Forms may be picked up in your school’s guidance office or from the school’s fine arts teachers.
The form must be turned in to the guidance office at the nominee’s school no later than 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7. School screenings will take place during the week of Jan.21 through Jan. 25, 2013.
“Final district screenings will be held on Feb. 23, 2013 at Union County High School. This arts screening is a four-step process which includes nomination, arts teacher screening, school audition, and final district audition,” she said.
Robinson said the program identifies students with an interest in and talent for drama, visual arts or music and helps them develop those talents.
“The Gifted and Talented Arts Classes are basically a program that is designed to identify students talented in these areas,” Robinson said. “Once a student is identified in the program they are given the opportunity to go into these classes which are designed to expand upon their talent.”
Robinson said the process of helping a student develop that talent begins with the audition process.
“In drama, the first task is the interview,” she said. “The second task is the original monologue which is approximately one to three minutes. Monologue ideas are provided. The last task is the prepared reading of a monologue from a published source. This does not have to be memorized.
“With the visual arts students prepare a portfolio of selected pieces and these pieces are done throughout the school year,” she said. “It also entails an interview portion which consists of providing information based upon their work. With the music a student can prepare one piece and then they are given another piece at the audition to perform.”
For more information about the Gifted/Talented Arts Classes, call Special Services and Gifted and Talented at 429-1735.
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