WHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame inducts eight new members
On the evening of April 6, eight new members were inducted into the WHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame.
The inductees included Claudia Anderson, Chuck Armbruster, Tom Berend, Randall Carlisle, Melanie Cottle, Corey Landis, Todd Patterson, and Petra Soesemann. All members were recognized for their respective achievements within the fine arts.
The night was filled with laughter and remembrance on old times as inductees got a chance to recall all of their great times at WHS.
Organizer of the event and inductee, Todd Patterson, was very pleased with how the evening went as a whole.
“I was very pleased, I loved the comments given by both the inductees and announcers during their speeches, as well as the advice given to the students,” Patterson said.
Patterson was also impressed by the common bond he could see between the people in the room who all love the fine arts.
Throughout the speeches, there was a common theme surrounding the inductees success. The theme was the idea or advice to others that a person should follow their dream no matter the circumstances.
Within her acceptance speech, Dr. Claudia Anderson stated, “… believe you can make a difference and do not be deterred by people who say you can not do it.”
Petra Soesemann also hinted at the same theme when she gave the advice to, “…take advantage of every opportunity to pursue your passion.”
Throughout the speeches, there was also and emphasis given on the importance of the fine arts within education.
The emphasis on the importance of fine arts is evident when former WHS art teacher, Lisa Wiles, said, “Art is vital to our education, and vital to our existence.”
Many of the inductees thanked WHS fine arts for helping them get to where they are today.
Student attendee, Landon Rice, said that after the event he learned how, “The arts are an important part of our culture, and that [a person’s] passion needs to continue.”