Southern High Produces Another ‘Rising Star’ Award Winning Art Student in Zoe Kasprzyk
It’s like Southern High art teacher Michael Bell can’t help himself when it comes to producing top art students. We wrote about Rising Star award-winner Cat Allen in 2013, before that, we covered Rising Star Louis Fratino in 2011 while at Edgewater Patch, and prior to that, in 2010, we covered Rising Star Katie Emmitt while at the Capital newspaper in Annapolis.
Now, he’s got another. In a media release from Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman, Southern High School senior Zoe Kasprzyk is the sole recipient of the National Art Education Association‘s 2014 Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Award.
Michael Bell, a nationally board certified, award-winning educator, sums up Southern High School senior Zoe Kasprzyk in two words: “quiet leader.”
While she may not be able to find the words to show her excitement, she is clear about one thing: “Art is expression and communication,” she said.
Kasprzyk hopes to use her talent to make a statement. She is awaiting acceptance into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she hopes to take part in the school’s unique Art, Culture, and Technology program.
“She’s competitive, hard-working, and dedicated to learning as both a student and an artist,” Bell said.
As a part of the Southern High School chapter of the National Art Honor Society and a member of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Gifted Visual Arts Program, Kasprzyk has painted murals in the community and participated in numerous service projects where her work speaks for itself.
Kasprzyk is the fifth Anne Arundel County Public Schools student in as many years to earn the NAEA’s Rising Stars Award. Four of those five have come from Southern High School.
“She’s stepping into a great legacy and setting the bar high for those who follow,” Bell said.