The adage, "If one's good, two's better," applies to Josh Schirmer, who has earned his second nomination as Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Six weeks ago, the senior won the award for his creative writing skills. This week's nomination arose from his television production work.
"Writing and television give me a chance to do things in a creative manner and not feel inhibited by other factors," he said in an interview. "It's not like math class where it's got to be this way or that way or it's wrong.
"I like to look at things from a different angle, to look at things from all sorts of different angles," Schirmer said.
The 17-year-old honor student is a familiar face around campus because he's one of the on-air announcers for the morning in-school telecasts, as well as the weekly Warrior Update production.
But he describes himself as one of the "uncool kids" who prefers taking his own path at the expense of personal popularity.
"I'm a non-conformist in a lot of different ways," said Schirmer, starting with his strong commitment to television production, which draws his attention about four hours out of the school day.
"I try to swim against the tide at all costs," he said, "in the way I dress, the way I act, with my odd sense of humor. And to display that week after week (on the air) and have it well-received is fantastic.
"If one person comes up and says that the (television) broadcast was good, then that's fantastic because it shows they were paying attention," he said. "It makes me feel like we created something that people enjoyed."
Schirmer has engaged in every level of television production, including advanced placement and independent study, said faculty adviser Dave Henschke.
He has also served as program producer, writer and class leader, Henschke said in making this week's nomination.
Schirmer said he aspires to a career as a novelist or television and motion picture screenwriter. He plans to attend St. Mary's College, a decision made following a recent trip to the Winona campus.
A member of the swim and cross country teams, Schirmer said he plans to compete with St. Mary's swim team.
Sonjya Leblanc, junior, art: She has "excellent skills in visual problem-solving" and is "dedicated to producing quality work on time," her art instructor said, and "goes above and beyond the assignment's criteria."
Jen Derosier, junior, creative writing: "She has worked very hard on her poetry project and has written several very thoughtful poems," her teacher said.
Ryan Henkensiefken, senior, Brainonian: "As our editor in chief, he has shown that he is willing to go the extra mile to make this year's book the best we can make it," the faculty adviser said.
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