When Brainerd High School senior Tim Spaulding was told he was the first Fine Arts Student of the Week for the 2003-04 school year he was baffled.
Spaulding earned the honor for his work with The Brainonian, the high school's yearbook.
"I didn't know that it was a fine arts class," Spaulding said. "It's amazing (that I was selected)."
The Brainonian adviser said, "Tim has been very helpful with all of the Brainonian activities for the first three weeks of school from taking photos to moving hundreds of yearbooks. He has a great attitude."
This year is Spaulding's first attempt in the elective class. He said he took the class because he thought it would be fun, easy and "I don't have to write a major paper."
Being part of putting the yearbook together is a new experience for Spaulding. His role for the semester is to take photographs and download them into the computer. Spaulding had never taken any photographs before this class and he does not own a camera. However, he said, he is familiar with digital cameras and only needed a minute of training on how to use the camera.
Art focus: The Brainonian
Art activities: The Brainonian and pottery
Favorite subject: The Brainonian
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being named Fine Arts Student of the Week
Artist most admired: Shane McConkey
Favorite movie: "Propaganda"
Favorite TV program: "The Price is Right"
Favorite song: None
Parents: Connie and Dale Spaulding of Lake Shore
Spaulding has taken pictures of a boys' and girls' soccer game and a girls' cross country meet for the yearbook. Taking these photos was fun, said Spaulding, adding he needs to work on keeping his eye on the ball.
He also covered an annual kickoff meeting for the Future Farmers of America at the high school farm. Spaulding said he took 70 pictures of animals and of FFA members playing volleyball and eating hot dogs.
"I'm not sure which ones they'll keep," said Spaulding. "I have an idea of which ones I like. I took one of a cow and its face was right by the camera."
Spaulding plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth, to major in elementary education. He said at this time it is to soon to tell if he will do anything with photography.
Annie Mitchell, senior, Fifth Street Journal: Mitchell is the photo editor and the opinion/editorial editor for the Fifth Street Journal. Mitchell's adviser said, "Annie accepted her position as photo editor with confidence and determination. She has been patient and helpful with her classmates."
Cala Bahr, senior, art: "Cala consistently pushes herself to achieve her own high standards, many of which exceed the standard given her," said Bahr's art adviser. "Cala is also very helpful at assisting other students when in need."
Brian Smith, senior, A Cappella Choir: Smith is a two-year member of Bards, A Cappella Choir and Windfall and a one-year member of Herd of Bananas. He also is president of the A Cappella Choir and a member of the Minnesota All-State Choir for 2003-04.
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