FAC Weekly Update

January 13, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Don't Overreact

"There are times when people will say and do things that make no sense. There are times when things will not go the way you want. When this happens, good leaders remain levelheaded. Don’t get agitated. Keep your emotions in check. Take measured account of the situation. Keep your opinions to yourself as you analyze, logically, what is actually happening. Remember that anything you might say at the moment is based on incomplete and likely inaccurate information. Allow for the situation to unfold and for a more solid picture to appear before you speak up.”

Jocko Willink - Leadership Strategy and Tactics, A Field Manual; page 114.

No School January 14 and 17

There is no school this Friday, January 14th, or the following Monday, January 17th. On Friday, GCS Faculty are scheduled for a Professional Development Day. Monday is a national holiday in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will be back in session for the start of the 2nd Semester/3rd Quarter on Tuesday, January 18.

FAC Chamber Strings - Region and All-State Musicians

Congratulations to the following members of the FAC Strings Chamber Music Studio for successfully auditioning for the SCMEA Honor Ensembles!

Region Orchestra:

9-10 Ensemble

  • Jessica Amos
  • Evelyn Barrett
  • Emma Davis
  • Lola Jantz
  • William Railey
  • Carter Saccocio
  • Emma Wise

11-12 Ensemble

  • Chloe Arnold
  • Bailey Ceurvorst
  • Sarah Dixon
  • Ali Jennings (principal bass)
  • Charlotte Moore
  • Charlie Sanderson (principal viola)
  • Michelle West (assistant principal cello)

All-State Orchestra:

9-10 Ensemble

  • William Railey
  • Carter Saccocio

11-12 Ensemble

  • Ali Jennings (principal bass)
  • Charlie Sanderson (principal viola)
  • Michelle West

FAC Winds and Percussion - All-State Callbacks

Congratulations to the following students in the FAC Winds and Percussion program whose Region Audition earned them the right to audition for the SCMEA All-State Ensembles:

Clinic Band – Grades 9-10

  • Samuel Bursch, percussion
  • Charlie Hinson, Clarinet
  • Buddy Miller, trombone
  • Evan Smith, Alto Saxophone
  • Eli Wilson, percussion
  • Jonathan Wilson, percussion

Senior Band – Grades 11-12

  • Tyler Bush, Tuba
  • Thomas Carter, Tenor Saxophone
  • Elija Hicks, Trumpet
  • Allwyn Edwards, percussion
  • Caleb Jiva, Clarinet
  • Zachary Sanderson, Baritone Saxophone
  • Morgan Scott, percussion
  • Jacob Shum, percussion
  • Preston Spisak, timpani
  • Leonie Stolberg, flute
  • Landon Taylor, Alto Saxophone
  • Aidan Wilson, percussion

Reminder to Re-Apply to the FAC

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2022-2023 School Year is now open via the GCS Student Backpack account. THE APPLICATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 20. No extensions will be granted.

  • All current FAC students must re-apply for next year - please take care of this now so that it does not fall off your radar.

  • FAC students do not need to re-audition for their current program - we assess their qualifications through their daily class performance, on-time submission of assignments, and demonstration of progress via grades.

  • Should a current FAC student wish to apply for a different area of study, they will need to go through the audition process for that program. A student who is in good standing with their current program does not need to worry about "losing their spot" if they audition for (and accept an offer from) a new program, as long as they make certain to re-apply for their current program.

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

Ryan Roth's Artwork on Exhibit

Don't miss a wonderful exhibit of artwork by FAC Visual Art Department Chair Ryan Roth! Mr. Roth is part of a show at the Greenville Tech Benson Campus Galleries. Read on for details from the Gallery Director...

Slippers and Wingtips includes two installations; Janet Orselli’s Treading Lightly and Ryan Roth’s Seasonal Business.

Considering Seasonal Business, Roth says “Looking to explain the paths we take, my work explores the journey and not the destination, the drive to succeed or the path to failure rather than success or failure themselves.” He continues, “Under the guise of humor, the work exposes a deeper world of greed, influence, conflicts, loneliness, choices, successes, and failures…Ostentatious, in-your-face promotion, often overcompensating for a less than ideal product, is increasingly successful in today’s business world.”

Slippers and Wingtips is on view in Greenville Technical College’s Benson Campus Galleries. The Benson Campus Galleries are operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. The galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road, and are open to the public Monday - Thursday, 8:00am to 7:00pm and Fridays, 8:00am to 2:00pm. Face coverings are required on campus.

For more information, contact:

Fleming Markel

Gallery Director



Patrick Owens

Gallery Assistant




Scholarship Opportunities

James F. Brynes Foundation

$4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

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.

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.

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 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/


Top Soil Kitchen - January 20

Don't miss Dylan Westcott and Blake Slaughter, two of our Studio Jazz musicians, who are performing at Top Soil Kitchen on Thursday, January 20 from 6-8 p.m. For more info on the venue, please go to https://www.topsoilrestaurant.com/.

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

  • January 14 - Student Holiday; Teacher Professional Development
  • January 17 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 18 - Beginning of Quarter 3
  • January 19 - SEL Advisory Session, FAC AM Students
  • January 20 - Deadline to apply to the Fine Arts Center for the 2022-2023 School Year
  • January 20 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*

*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.

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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