The society’s officers include president Lea Taylor, vice president Jacob Fisher, treasurer Diana Russo, historian Amy Morse, and liaison for the Newburyport Art Association Anna Blumenscheid. Fisher, a sophomore, said that the growth in this year’s NAHS could be seen at last Thursday’s induction ceremony.
“It was exciting to see the difference between last year’s induction ceremony and this year’s ceremony,” Fisher said. “Just the hype of it all. That was cool.”
Fisher worked on one of the high school’s library murals over the summer with the idea of drawing students’ eyes to the organization.
“That was my favorite,” Fisher said of the library’s mural. “The theme was graffiti and we didn’t have to be that precise. It was somewhat abstract and it was cool working with different graffiti.”
Taylor, a senior, will be studying environmental studies at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire next year, but she has always felt a pull towards the arts. She joined the Society to help spread the word to her fellow students, she added.
“No one was showing up to any of (the school’s art) galleries and it was sad,” Taylor said. “I kind of wanted to raise more awareness of the art program. I wanted to contribute in that way.”
Another outgoing senior, Morse — who will be studying a double minor in fashion and photography while majoring in journalism at Marist College this fall— said her time with the NAHS taught her that she needs to diversify.
“I think, in today’s society, academics isn’t enough,” says Morse. “You need to be creative and open-minded. Because we’re in the age of electronics, things are changing and people want new ideas. So, being smart really isn’t enough anymore. You really need to be creative, as well.”