Proctor’s annual Senior Project Exhibition and Express Fest marks the end of our seniors’ high school academic responsibilities, while providing a perfect experiential bookend to the journey that began on Wilderness Orientation four years ago. Express Fest and the presentation of Senior Art Awards also affords the community one more opportunity to appreciate the incredible talent among the 109 members of the Class of 2017.
A quick browse through the seventy-two Senior Project blogs illustrates both the breadth and depth of experiences created by our graduating class over the past three weeks. Some projects focused on artistic endeavors, while others capitalized on the opportunity to engage in a formal internship. Others shared their talents with programs or organizations that transformed their lives, including the World Ocean School, Proctor’s Woodlands, Andover Elementary/Middle School, CASA, sustainability groups, and youth basketball organizations.
As returning students, faculty, staff, and parents browsed senior exhibits, one thing was abundantly clear: Senior Project provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to creatively pursue their passions.
Immediately following Senior Project exhibits, the community filtered into the Norris Family Theater for our 2nd Annual Express Fest and Senior Art Awards celebration. Proctor’s robust arts program encompasses nine different disciplines, with an award presented to a graduating senior in each. Congratulations to the following Senior Art Award recipients:
Francis Treadway Clayton Award for Excellence in Metal Engineering:
Lucien Weiner '17
Nathaniel C. Wiggin Award for Excellence in Woodworking:
Jared Abner '17
Nathaniel C. Wiggin Award for Excellence in Boat Building:
Evan Wicenski '17
Studio Arts Award:
Croslieigh Thoms '17
Qinye Yu '17
Sydney Minnehan '17
Outstanding Contribution to Vocal Music Ensembles:
Cope Makechnie '17 and Jay Pier '17
Outstanding Achievement in Applied Study of Vocal Music:
Qinye Yu '17
Outstanding Instrumental Contribution to Music Ensembles:
G. Samuel Marshall '17 and Carl Hubbard '17
Theater Arts Award for Excellence and Enthusiasm in Dramatic Arts:
Drew Childs '17 and Jaquelyn Morris '17
Theater Arts Award for Greatest Development and Outstanding Achievement in Dramatic Arts:
Matt Arruda '17
Theater Arts Award for Excellence in Costuming:
Qinye Yu '17
Interspersed throughout the assembly were musical performances by Ariel Peng ‘17, Meredith Rowe ‘17, and Kevin Oh ‘18, and a dance video performed and directed by Shannon Xin ‘17 who each reminded us how talented our students are.
The conclusion of the assembly was highlighted by a National Art Honor Society induction ceremony. Fisher Lisk '17, Sydney Minnehan '17, Michael Weintraub '17 were inducted into the National Art Honor Society last spring, and will be joined wearing a rainbow cord during Commencement exercises on Saturday by new inductees Jared Abner '17, Cole Mosner '17, Eliza Orne '17, Daniel Rodriguez Pardo '17, Annika Johnson '17, Lucien Wiener '17, Avery Montgomery '17, Crosleigh Thoms '17, Qinye Yu '17, Yuqi Chen '17, and Lilah Hilliard '17. Congratulations, also, to Peri Chase '18 and Pilar Galvan '18 for their induction.