A Night of Student Excellence
Community members, parents, administration, and teachers came out Wednesday night to view and enjoy student excellence. This evening showcased the beauty of all types of art—the musical arts, visual arts, and much more.
One event that took place that evening was Clifton High School’s student art show, “Under One Roof.” The William F. Shershin Memorial and Technology and Media Center at CHS showcased art created by students of all grades. What makes Clifton’s art program so superb is the variety of art classes available. Everything from graphic design to fashion, studio art, art history, and even AP art classes- all of it is offered to students at CHS. Currently, there are nine art teachers at the high school, all specializing in a different field of art.
CHS Sophmore Hala Mohamed is a student in the ceramics class. “I love ceramics class because I get to express myself through the art,” she said. The ceramics students presented their creations at the show - slices of blueberry pie, mugs, animals, lamp-like creations, and much more. The art fashion section of the show featured the work of CHS junior, Brianna Ranalli. When asked about her interest in the field, Ranalli emphasized that being able to portray her cultural background through art is important to her. Clifton High School’s art programs allow her to do this.
Clifton's musical arts were showcased on Wednesday as well. Led by band director and CHS alumnus Brian Stepneski, the Opus Concert is an annual Spring concert featuring the Mustang band. The Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Freshman Band, and Concert Band all made up this musical night. The program featured a wide range of repertoire with selections composed throughout the last 100 years as well as one piece inspired by music written in the 10th century. This night is a culmination of 10 months' worth of hard work, rehearsals, and unique performances. One of the student musicians, Luz Perez-Aquino, has learned to master the piccolo. Luz describes Opus as a great display of the musical talent found at CHS. This talent is certainly present and the next generation is taking the arts head-on!