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MILLERSBURG -- West Holmes High School played host to the 14th Celebration of the Arts in early May, demonstrating the skills students in both the East and West Holmes districts have learned in visual arts as well as performing arts.
Hundreds of works of students in kindergarten through 12th grade from all the schools in Holmes County graced the halls of West Holmes High School.
Hiland High School and Middle School art teacher Tami Hicks said the art program continues to produce high-quality work in a variety of mediums.
"The show features a variety of paintings, drawings, clay, sculptures, I've even got some works here that were done in toilet paper," she said.
Michelle Murro, fine arts consultant of the Tri-County Educational Service Center, greeted the fans in the gymnasium, where the combined choirs of Hiland and West Holmes performed jointly under the direction of guest conductor Jon C. Peterson of Malone University.
Murro pointed out that education in art leads to a fuller, more meaningful life. "Visual arts opens a new world to all involved," Murro said.
Peterson praised the performers for their great abilities and thanked the district for giving him the honor and privilege to work with such special students.
John Packard of Mount Vernon Nazarene served as the guest conductor of the combined bands,.
Sherri Hochstetler, a teacher in the East Holmes district, said she came to the celebration of arts to see her daughter Katherine's work but enjoyed seeing all the work produced by all the students.
"It's fun to see the work by kids from both ends of the county," added her husband Ken Hochstetler. "It's good for the community to go back and forth between Hiland and West Holmes the way they do.
Kim Brown of Millersburg also said she came to see her daughter's work, but was pleasantly surprised by what she saw.
"I didn't know what to expect, but I've been impressed with everything I've seen," Brown said.
The Celebration of the Arts is held every other year and rotates back and forth between Hiland and West Holmes High Schools.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.