OOHS Student Creates Artistic Awards


OOHS student Spencer M. with the ceramic mugs he created to serve as awards for the OCC Art Show.

More than 200 student artists honored during the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Art Show last week walked away with a unique award that also is a piece of art in its own right. The stylish awards — colorful ceramic art mugs— came courtesy of Olentangy Orange High School’s (OOHS) Spencer M.

The OOHS senior spent a good part of the year making the 200-plus ceramic mugs needed for the OCC Wes Blizzard Art Invitational held May 2. The show takes place every spring at the State Teacher Retirement System Building in Columbus and features awards made by a student artist.

Spencer was nominated to create this year’s awards by his art teacher, Susan Strohl, who said she picked Spencer because he had the talent and experience to tackle the project.

“I chose him because he has taken seven ceramics classes, he was old enough to appreciate the task and he had the dedication to see it through. He had to come up with an idea that was easy enough to reproduce 200 times, as well as a glaze scheme,” Strohl said. The only requirement was that the awards had to have “OCC 2013″ on them somewhere.

Olentangy Local School District students honored during the art show were:

  • Olentangy High School: Brigid F., Amy H., Halie G., and Hannah A.
  • Olentangy Liberty High School: Carter H., Caroline T., Hinako M., and Ellen Z.
  • Olentangy Orange High School: Jonah M., Bailey B., Lillian C. and Sherman D.