Xavier L on bassoon and Griffin L on French horn won the Command Performance Awards for 2021 Alaska State Solo/Ensemble Festival. Earning the honor is one of the most difficult tasks for high school musicians in state.
” I can’t find a way to express my feeling now for Xavier and Griffin”, said Mr. Toba, the band director. “Despite the fact we are under the pandemic, these highly motivated students did much more than they were expected. I am very, very proud of the boys.”
Because of the COVID, there will be no actual Command Performance, but Xavier and Griffin will receive certificates and pins.
Well done to both of you Xavier and Griffin! And thank you to Mr Toba for your dedication to our students.
Five high school students and four middle school students entered solo/ensemble adjudications. The results are utterly amazing:
Arnan Anthony, trumpet – excellent
Johnathen Jencks, tuba – superior
Xavier Libbrecht, bassoon – superior
Griffin Lindsday, French horn – superior
Bjorn Van der Goore, bass clarinet – superior
Shepherd Brown, alto saxophone, superior
Zane Hopewell, baritone – superior
Marley McDonagh, flute – superior
Riley Strodtbeck, clarinet – excellent
The high school students who earned the superior ratings will advance to the ASAA State Solo/Ensemble Festival. It will be virtual.
This school year has been challenging for band, but I am so proud of these students who spent extra time preparing,” said Mr. Toba, the band director. “I would like to congratulate all of the students for their accomplishment. I wish the best of luck for state for state-bound students as well.
The UAA Wendy Williamson is empty in the hours leading up to the Model United Nations in 2018. The conference was held virtually this year (2021). (Photo by James Evans / UAA)
This month students from high schools and universities in Alaska and Washington participated in the 35th Model United Nations Conference hosted by the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Students from Steller represented four countries and participated in six committees.
A Model United Nations is a simulation of one or more of the bodies of the United Nations. High school students from around the world participate in MUN conferences at the local, national and international level. This year the topic selected at our local level was the COVID Pandemic.
Participating in MUN means representing a nation state and their positions on a specific topic on the world stage. Preparation often includes research about government, population, demographics, history and current policies in order to fairly represent your countries interests in the United Nations. This often culminates in the position paper, a brief essay describing your country’s history, policy and position on the theme of the conference. The decisions you make in MUN are based upon this paper. For me, one of the hardest things to do at MUN is adopting the mindset of your country’s government, and role playing as an official of that government – especially when I don’t personally agree with the policies of the country I am representing. My natural tendency is to want to give my own opinion about things. However, MUN is about fulfilling a role which isn’t your own, and working with others for the interest of your country and the global community.
I have learned a lot from participating in MUN conferences around the world – from learning about research skills, to crafting a resolution. But one of the most important things has been to see how all the rules and regulations in a big organization can be used effectively to get things done, and also how they can be misused and get in the way. I would recommend anyone should give MUN a try!
This quarter two middle school language arts drama classes performed plays from the Mechanicals and Fairies in Midsummer Night’s Dream. They developed a variety of techniques to make the work come to life on Zoom. They’re adorable, hard-working, and talented, and we’re proud of their successes! Becky
In Senior Spanish we read the magical realism story Chac Mool by Carlos Fuentes. Jainy interpreted the transformation of Chac Mool from statue to human using detailed drawings as described in the story and direct quotations that set the scene for the transformation.
Steller would like to celebrate our students who have been selected to participate in the Anchorage School District’s Youth Art Month show. The following Artists and their pieces were selected to represent Steller:
This year because of the Covid 19 pandemic we are unable to display physical works in person, but we have created an online digital show through a partnership with the Anchorage Museum. The show will go live on March 5th for First Friday. The show link is not active yet, but it will be available March 5th at https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/.
The Fine Arts Department will be hosting Youth Art Month Drive-In events throughout the month of March to celebrate and showcase students’ artwork.
The drive-in events will begin around sunset. The slideshow is approximately 1.5 hours. The slideshow will start with elementary, alphabetically by school with secondary following. The following rules are in place during the event:
Please remain in your car throughout the slideshow
Masks are required by all participants in the car if windows are open
There are no bathrooms at the event, please plan accordingly
Please follow guidance from the traffic directors
Thank you in all your support and enthusiasm for the visual arts. We hope to see you at one of our drive-in events.
This year Anchorage School District is celebrating our 49th annual Youth Art Month show. Youth Art Month exists to:
Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.
Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
Increase community, business, and governmental support for art education.
Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in art exhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.
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Steller Band Sends Two Students to Prestigious Honor Groups
More great news for Steller Community came out last night!
Steller band students, Xavier Libbrecht on bassoon ,and Kamryn Lyons on flute, have been accepted to the 2021 All-Northwest Honor Ensembles. Kamryn made the Wind Symphony, which is an honor band for small schools in the Pacific Northwest Region. Xavier even earned a chair in two honor ensembles: The Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. This is his second time being accepted. T
he Symphony Orchestra auditions are open to all schools in the Pacific Northwest Region. The audition process for all of the All-Northwest Honor Ensembles is rigorous and competitive. “I am super duper delighted that Xavier and Kamryn made the All-Northwest”, said Mr. Toba, the band director, “attaining a spot is a pinnacle for high school students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The hard work and dedication that Xavier and Kamryn have put paid a huge dividend. I just can not be more proud of these highly motivated students.” Because of the COVID pandemic, there will be no rehearsals or concerts for the All-Northwest Honor Ensembles. However, the students will still receive certificates.
Submitted by Mr Toba
Congratulations Kamryn and Xavier, the whole school is very proud of both of you!
Last January, Lucca Duke began a community service passage that incorporated her artistic abilities and interest in working with children. Lucca’s original passage goals were to paint a mural at Rogers Park Elementary with a map of the Iditarod trail that teachers could use to teach about the Iditarod, and to assist the art teacher in an after-school art program. Lucca was designing and painting her mural and coordinating with the art teacher for a spring after-school program when the pandemic hit and she lost all access to the school and her passage. Luckily, Lucca was eager to finish her passage this semester and created a beautiful mural for the Rogers Park Elementary community. Lucca had to work through many challenges from coordinating with different teachers at Rogers Park, finding a safe time to work at the school, and figuring out how to incorporate her artistic vision with the needs of the teachers, beyond the regular challenges of the pandemic.
Lucca’s persistence paid off in the form of a beautiful mural and an appreciative staff at Rogers Park. Among many other compliments, Lucca received this praise from a Rogers Park teacher: “Just as wonderful is the fact that you, “one of our own” (ex-Rogers Park Elementary student), has given back to your neighborhood school/community! In addition to your excellent artistic talents, you have demonstrated responsibility, perseverance, and commitment to a real-life project.”
Thank you, Lucca, for representing Steller so well! Congratulations on a wonderful Passage.
Ashley Van Hemert
Students are welcome to share their Passage projects with the community. You can submit images, text and short videos via email. We encourage everyone to check the “Student Showcase” tab on the website regularly.