Latest Lakota Shout-outs

Latest Lakota Shout Outs
Posted on 02/14/2019
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Lakota West AP Art Class Hosted #LakotaEdChat

Students in Stephanie Gauer’s AP Drawing class at Lakota West put a unique spin on the Jan. 31 #LakotaEdChat on Twitter. The group decided to dedicate the district chat to a community critique of their most recent work.

“Feedback is so critical to a young artist’s growth and the wider the perspective, the more valuable it is,” said Gauer, who helps facilitate a weekly peer critique in her class. Each of Gauer’s students selected a piece to put on public display during the hour-long Twitter chat hosted by senior Lauren Mauro, asking participants to provide feedback in 240 characters or less.

Ed chats have become a twice-a-month Lakota tradition, each chat hosted by a member of the community and drawing participation among students, staff, parents and community members, alike. The chat takes place on the second and last Wednesday of the month from 8-9 p.m., but you can catch up on any of the latest chats by searching for #LakotaEdChat on Twitter.

Lakota East, West Celebrate Five Overture Awards Visual Art Semi-Finalists

Five Lakota East and West art students advanced to the semi-final competition for the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards. Lakota West's Jenna Mauro, Karol Perez, Alyson Power, and Trey Small and Lakota East's Ryan Kmieske will have their work displayed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts Weston Gallery Feb. 7-9.

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. The competition is the area’s largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music. Students in the visual arts category had to submit 6-8 pieces in their portfolio. Four semi-finalists in each discipline will be selected to compete at the final competition in March.

Artwork shown in collage: top row, left to right - 'Another One Gone' by Trey Small, 'Contemplating Sister' by Karol Perez; bottom row, left to right - 'The Grablin' by Ryan Kmieske, 'Unveiled' by Jenna Mauro and 'Sleepy Head' by Alyson Power.

East, West Musicians Land Spots on OMEA All State Ensembles

These Lakota East and Lakota West musicians were selected to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) convention in Cleveland Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. They competed against musicians throughout Ohio to earn a spot on the OMEA’s prestigious All State ensembles.

Lakota West

Evelyn Best, Bass Clarinet
Alexander Evert, Clarinet
Jack Greenlee, French Horn
Anna Lavin, Trumpet
Alex Merk, Piano
Charlie Merk, Brass
Ben Seamon, Trumpet
Jared Sippy, Tuba
Emilee Warne, Flute
Isaac Yoby, Trumpet

Lakota East

Hannah Everding, Flute
Henry Stiefel, Trombone
Katie Frazier, Flute
Zach Timmons, Trombone
Rueben Allan, Clarinet
AJ Hanmer, Percussion
Joe Ulmer, Saxophone
McKenna Walters, Trumpet
Erich Corfman, Trombone
Abby Pieratt, Trumpet
Paul Briggs, Bass
Russell Specht, Saxophone


Woodland Student's Invention Headed to National Competition

Woodland Elementary sixth-grader Tyler Wethington was one of just 20 Ohio students selected to present their inventions at the statehouse in Columbus. He will represent Lakota at the National Invention League Competition to be held this May in Michigan.

While in Columbus, he received a “Certificate of Honor for Tremendous Attainment” from The President of the Senate, Larry Obhof, and District 4 Senator Bill Coley at the Columbus statehouse. He spent three hours talking with politicians, their staff, and other guests at a table where he had his invention and an information board displayed.

East Diver Breaks GMC Record

Lakota East senior Lindsey Jones broke a seven year old record at the 2019 GMC Championships, shattering the previous mark for a six dive meet. Lindsey has had an exceptional senior campaign. She placed fifth out of 57 divers in the sectional meet and will compete in the district meet next week.

Ridge Student Wins GMC Wrestling Championship

Eighth grader Preston Sellers finished the season with a record of 27-1 and a GMC championship. Preston has had an impressive season, earning 26 wins by pin, as well as having pinned all three opponents at the GMC meet. Wrestling since he was seven years old, Preston will try to qualify for the state tournament this weekend.