Every year, Frenship High School students compete in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition held in Plainview, Texas. In this year’s competition, Senior Mikaela Sircable was awarded the American Vision Award for her drawing entitled, “Temptation”. There are five American Vision awards given each year at Scholastic, and the artwork chosen for these awards are the most outstanding entries.
Mikaela has taken an art class three out of her four years at Frenship High School. She couldn’t take an art class her junior year because of her schedule. “That was a really sad year,” she says. Despite the class not being on her schedule, she could be found many days after school in Mr. MacLean’s room drawing.
This year, she is in the Advanced Placement class, in which students build a portfolio of artwork to be shown to colleges for admittance purposes. The theme of her portfolio is color. “Each piece is centered around a specific color and there is a running theme through all of them of light and reflection,” said Sircable. “ There’s lots of glass, lots of water.”
Mikaela says that inspiration from her work can come from anywhere. For “Temptation” in particular, she says, “I saw a picture of a snake in passing, and thought that would be a good subject. I like a challenge.”
Frenship High School art teacher Shannon Cleavelin thinks highly of Mikaela. “I taught Mikaela in Art I her Freshman year, and she was outstanding. I have watched her progress through Mr. MacLean’s drawing class and AP class knowing that she would shine. She has an amazing work ethic and desire to achieve.”
Her career plans at this time are “very undecided”. She’s applied to Brigham Young University and is hoping to hear of her acceptance in March.