by kaitlyn frey
With graduation right around the corner, seniors at WHS are preparing for the next chapter of their lives: college. Iris talked to four seniors who plan on furthering their studies in the arts when they go to college in the fall.
Sarah Collins - Senior Sarah Collins has known since she was seven years old that she wanted to pursue art in college, and has recently decided to major in Studio Arts Illustration at the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts. Collins said that in high school, the one class that she could always relax in was art. "I put so much focus into my work that the rest disappears. It’s therapeutic, healing and calming to the common stressors in everyday life," she said.
Matt Trinkle- In the fall, senior Matt Trinkle will head down south to Savannah College of Art and Design to study architecture. According to Trinkle, when he saw it, he knew it was the right school for him. Trinkle also believes that the Westfield art department was integral in his artistic improvements over the years. He said: "[The teachers] know how to cater to every skill level. If you’re looking to [improve], they can help you make very big strides towards your goals."
Rebecca Skowron- According to senior Rebecca Skowron, being a performer is a hard life, but it is what makes her happy. That’s why she will be majoring in musical theater at Ithaca College this fall. Skowron’s experiences in the WHS theater department for the past four years, as well as her participation in Concert Choir and Chorale/Choraleers, ignited her passion for performing. Skowron said she chose Ithaca because of its reputation and impressive faculty. Skowron said, "The students seemed to share my enthusiasm for theater."
Mary Barber- Straying from the traditional four-year college experience, senior Mary Barber will be participating in a two-year conservatory program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, majoring in Dance Theater. Said Barber: "After doing all four musicals at WHS and studying dance for the past 12 years of my life, it is no question that performing is something I’m very passionate about. [Performing] makes me truly happy, and I think everyone should try to pursue a career doing what they love."