FAC Weekly Update

February 4, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope that you and yours have had a wonderful week. February is upon us, and our students are hard at work in preparation for their spring performances and adjudicated art shows. We have a new edition of Crashtest Magazine hot off the (digital) presses, and will soon be announcing the award winners from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. There's a lot to be excited about at the FAC!

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

To Teamwork, Add Friendship

Why do I recommend that you work to develop friendships on the job?

Friendship is the foundation of influence. Good friendships make influence possible, and friendship is the most positive relationship you can develop on the job with your coworkers.

Friendship is the framework for success. Theodore Roosevelt said, "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." Without it, most achievements are not possible, and even what we to achieve can feel hollow.

Friendship is the shelter against sudden storms. Don't just be a team member - be a friend to those you work with.

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader - February 2. pg. 38

Crashtest Magazine - Latest Edition

Volume 11, issue 2 of Crashtest is now available at https://readymag.com/u21126619/3360199/. Crashtest is a biannual online magazine founded and run by the creative writing students at the Fine Arts Center.

Crashtest is "a place to publish work that tests limits, asks questions, rejects the easy answers, risks obliteration, believes in failure, is suspicious of scripted success."

Congratulations to Jonimarie Purtle!

Congratulations to Jonimarie Purtle, a senior in the FAC Dance Studio, for earning a top-12 placement in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in Atlanta!

To learn more about YAGP, please visit https://yagp.org/about-us/history-and-mission/

Has your child earned an accolade that we should know about?

Please email Mr. Popat with all details so that we can spread the good news about their achievements. Please include a photo - action or headshot - with your email.

Region and All-State Band

Congratulations to the following members of the FAC Winds and Percussion for earning placement into the SCMEA All-State and Region Bands!

All-State Senior Band:

  • Elija Hicks, trumpet
  • Morgan Scott, percussion
  • Preston Spisak, Principal timpani

All-State Clinic Band:

  • Evan Smith, alto sax
  • Buddy Miller, Principal trombone

All-State Alternate Band:

  • Caleb Jiva, clarinet
  • Landon Taylor, alto sax
  • Thomas Carter, tenor sax
  • Jacob Shum, percussion
  • Aidan Wilson, percussion

Region One Senior Band:

  • Leonie Stollberg, flute
  • Caleb Jiva, clarinet
  • Matthew Revilla, clarinet
  • Landon Taylor, alto sax
  • James Carter, Principal tenor sax
  • David Hamme, trumpet
  • Wilson Stokes, horn
  • Tyler Bush, Principal tuba
  • Aidan Wilson, Principal percussion
  • Jacob Shum, percussion
  • Allwyn Edwards, percussion
  • Lucas White, percussion
  • Keenan Dean, percussion

Region One Clinic Band:

  • William Price, oboe
  • Charlie Hinson, clarinet
  • Samuel Bursch, percussion
  • Eli Wilson, percussion
  • Jonathan Wilson, percussion

Region One Alternate Band:

  • Zachary Sanderson, bari sax
  • Jack Higginbotham, percussion
  • Michael Karr, percussion
  • Jaden James, percussion

Workshop for Parents

Recently, Greenville County Schools brought in award-winning author Mark C. Perna to speak to administrators and guidance counselors about understanding and motivating our students. Mr. Perna is offering a webinar for parents of Gen-Z students that aims to help attendees get the most out of their child's education and career achievement. For more information, please click on the following link - https://www.markcperna.com/webinars/.


Scholarship Opportunities

Watson-Brown Foundation

Provides need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. Deadline: February 8, 2022.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

Hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com. Deadline: February 11, 2022.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


FAC Theatre Senior Caroline Belangia will be performing in SC Children’s Theatre’s production of Robin Hood from January 28-Feb 6. Tickets and more information can be found at https://scchildrenstheatre.org/robin-hood/.

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 18, 21 - No School for Students and Teachers - Presidents' Day
  • February 24 - Jazz Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

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Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

Returning Students: FAC 2022-2023 School Year

Thank you to our FAC students who re-applied for the 2022-2023 school year! Please note the following information to lock in your spot.

  • Remember to maintain good attendance, a strong work ethic, and timely submission of assignments. At the FAC, excellence is not a single act, but a daily expectation.
  • If you are auditioning to move to a different program, pay close attention to your email and the audition timeline (posted on our website).
  • ALL students will need to accept their offer to attend the FAC, which will be pushed out through your student Backpack account on Monday, March 28. The deadline to accept your offer will be Monday, April 4. If you do not accept the offer, you do not get your spot.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. https://forms.gle/zgmpDdyW2a7iPmVY8

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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