• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS students participate in Governor’s School for the Arts

XARLEY CHAVEZ, left, and Bryan Caldwell participated in the Governor’s School for the Arts this summer along with Kevin Lausche, not pictured. Woodford County Board of Education member Karen Brock is also pictured. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Three students from Woodford County High School spent three weeks learning about the power of art and their place as an artist during the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA).

The young artists from WCHS – Xarely Chaves, Bryan Caldwell and Kevin Lausche – were recognized by the Woodford County Board of Education Monday, Aug. 27, when they shared their GSA experiences.

“I had heard that it would be life-changing, and I was going to love every minute, but for the first two weeks I kind of didn’t get the point,” said Bryan, who studied instrumental music: saxophone as his discipline. “But by the third week, I understood that it wasn’t so much about getting perfect instrumental music. It wasn’t about improving technically as an artist… It’s more about learning to work with other artists and how to have a community of respect and appreciation for everything – all the arts, and not just your own.”

By the end of his three-week GSA experience, Bryan said he was much more confident about what he wanted to do with his life and a lot more secure about being an artist.

Xarely said GSA taught her that creative writing is more than just words. “They express a lot of things and they give a lot of emotion to people. And they can change someone’s life – even if it’s just yours,” she told board members.

“… It really did change me emotionally,” while also helping her realize she may no longer want to become a teacher, and may instead want to pursue a career in a medical field so she “can help people.”

Kevin, who studied musical theater at GSA, was not present at the board meeting when he and the other WCHS students were recognized.

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