By CODI FARMER, Vandegrift Voice
Vandegrift sophomores Emily Huang and Nidhi Katta started celebrating Earth Day early this year. The VHS Art Club they lead received a check from the Leander Parks and Recreation board for a sculpture of wings entitled “Ariel”. The piece was made entirely out of recycled materials and was submitted for an Earth Day sculpture competition last year. Not only did the club win first place for their category, but it also got commissioned to create a more durable version of the wings to be placed in the new Leander park being designed called Lakewood Park.
“Originally, we made it out of cans and cardboard and the cans were cut into feathers,” Huang said. “We ended up winning first place in the wall hanging category of the competition and we were paid extra money to make another set that would be more durable so it could be put outside.”
The Leander Public Arts Commission had been searching for sculptures for the park and after not getting many responses from area artists, the commission decided to go searching in school competitions.Continue reading
Kurt Wokoek, a junior at Vandegrift, got his first big break in December. He’s been writing EDM, electronic dance music, for several years but during Christmas break, Wokoek received the email he’d been anxiously waiting for, AWAL was going to represent him.
AWAL is a British distribution company and record label with its headquarters in London. They handle distribution, data analytics, artist marketing, playlist and radio, and funding of the artists they represent.
AWAL handles some big names like Don Diablo, deadmau5, R3HAB, and Madison Beer, to name a few.
Three Vandegrift ViperBots robotics teams won the state championships in the FIRST Tech Challenge division:7161 Hydra, 6299 QuadX and 4545 Ouroboros.
“We won state for the FTC Division,” said Rad Allen, VHS ViperBots advisor and computer science teacher.Continue reading