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On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Toledo Community Foundation and Buckeye Broadband/BCSN announced this year’s Teacher of the Year. Out of 8 nominees Allison Reynolds Gogel, History teacher at Toledo School for the Arts, was chosen by a committee of community leaders and educators as the BCSN Teacher of the Year.

Allison Reynolds Gogel has been teaching social studies at Toledo School for the Arts for nine years. At TSA, faculty members creatively supplement their instruction by integrating the Arts into their lesson planning. Ms. Gogel was recognized for working with her teaching colleagues in different arts and academic disciplines to create a more integrated approach to learning; a great example of how both academic and artistic excellence can co-exist.​

The Links, Incorporated has partnered with Toledo School for the Arts to host their area poster contest to choose a student work for submission in the National Poster Art Competition.

Beginning in 1995, The Links, Incorporated’s National Walk-A-Thon has been hosting the National Poster Art Competition in an effort to spread awareness of health related issues. This year’s theme is Our Vision, Our Future: Healthy and Happy Communities promoting healthy and happy communities, this may include but is not limited to, healthy and clean environments, a bully-free world or an inclusive and diverse society.

From the studio of Ken Zuercher, TSA presents Jazz on Ice at 7pm on Tuesday, April 24 at the Ice Restaurant. This performance will be Mr. Zuercher’s final performance before retiring from TSA.

Zuercher worked his entire adult life in the industry and has aided in running, as well as performed with several bands including, the Morgan David band, Hepcatrevival and many more. Since joining TSA in 2000 Zuercher has positively influenced the lives of many students.

As a design teacher at TSA, I have had little opportunity to work with steel. Tom Zitzelberger and Joel Washing changed that for me and several of my students. They came to my classroom, met with me and two other teachers and several of our students, offering to teach us how to work with steel in order to create sculptures. We have now been working together since January and it has been an incredible experience. Four of our students are currently working on sculptural pieces that will hopefully be installed in Gibsonburg, Ohio this summer for their “Sculpture in the Village” which is sponsored by the Toledo Area Sculptors Guild.

I just wanted to share this beautiful video of portraits of Syrian children (some of them created by TSA art students) being delivered to a refugee camp in Jordan. This is our 9th year participating in this amazing project in which disadvantaged children in various countries receive handmade portraits for them to keep.

~Lydia Horvath

On Sunday, March 18th, a reception was held for the 2018 Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibit. This annual event showcases high school two-dimensional artwork from the ninth district, which currently stretches from the Toledo area to Cleveland. Marcy Kaptur, the 9th District representative, was in attendance and delivered an inspiring talk about the importance of Visual Arts to the Lake Erie Coast economy. ​This year, Ms. Carson, Ms. Hayes, Ms. Horvath, and Mr. Johnston selected work from 10 students to represent TSA: Chloe Bergman, Zach Garn, Taylor Hill, Stephanie Jagodzinski, Zac Miller, Vin Mugavero, Liam Myers, Olivia Parr, Casey Riley, and Sydney Striker. Two of these students were singled out by jurors for special recognition: Zac Miller and Casey Riley received HCR ManorCare awards of $100 each, and Zac was also named Commercial Design Winner for his digital image Robot Christmas; as a result, his work was printed on Libbey glassware! 

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state art agencies throughout the US. Toledo School for the Arts held its first school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition on January 26th, 2018. Fifteen students competed, each reciting two contrasting poems which they had selected from the POL online anthology of published poetry. The competition was judged, according to POL guidelines, by Mr. Justin Longacre, Ms. Heather Smietanski, Ms. Natalie Gray, and Ms. Letha Ferguson. Jack Kerger was the winner, and on February 20th he advanced to the regional competition in Findlay, where he competed against students from 5 other schools. Jack earned enough points to advance to the state competition, which was held on Saturday, March 3rd in Columbus. At the state competition he competed against students from 10 other schools; he did a great job but did not make it the top three.

Amy Rivera Cuevas had always dreamed of studying the arts. Beginning at a young age, Cuevas found a passion in singing and then began to play the piano. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Cuevas did not have many opportunities to pursue her passion as the arts were not offered at her school; she was only able to participate in choir outside of classes. Cuevas has quite the resume, having been the winner of Viva la Voz Puerto Rico, a singing competition for young artists. Recently Amy and her mother Zenaida Cuevas moved to Toledo where she has enrolled in the Toledo School for the Arts. While the school has gained a talented student, the story that brought her to Toledo is not as glamorous.

TSA Musicians continue to earn top ratings at OMEA HS Solo & Ensemble Adjudication.

TSA Band, Orchestra, Piano, and Vocal musicians have once again brought home top ratings at the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association District 1 (East) High School Solo and Ensemble Adjudication; the event was held on February 3, at Perrysburg HS.

Students perform for adjudicators and are critiqued against a matrix of musical standards using a five-rating system.  The following students qualified for OMEA medals: