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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Straughn High School

by Anita Reid | May 14, 2020

Art Guild

School of Distinction AwardCovington County Schools

Principal, Mr. Matt Cobb

Superintendent, Mr. Shannon Driver

The Art Guild at Straughn High School was established by a group of forward-thinking students who desired to change the culture of their school to be more inclusive of those interested in visual and performing arts. The Guild began by identifying the school’s arts education needs. Once identified, a grant was written and awarded which funded a strings teacher, theater staging, dance instructor, and the school’s first art show. The Guild’s success attracted the attention of other schools in the system and led to the establishment of the Art Leadership Academy and the Covington Art Initiative Collaborative Musical. Covington County students from every high school and many middle schools participated in the collaborative musical with huge success. This student-led organization also implemented a combined research and art project to honor Alabama’s Bicentennial by creating a giant county outline of the state with a painted scene of each county’s history within each county. Additionally, the Guild contracted with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring the traveling production, As You Like It, to Straughn High. The actors worked with drama students and exposed other students to non-performance theater careers. The Arts Guild successes witnessed marginalized and unincluded students blossom into school leaders with an increased desire to come to school each day.

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