Whitehall-Yearling High School students are demonstrating their talents in multiple ways, ranging from an art show next week to a recently completed talent show.
Students will showcase their artistic flair at a show from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Whitehall-Yearling High School, 675 S. Yearling Road.
The annual event not only illustrates the talent of students but also will serve as a means to earn students, and the district's art department, a little coin.
Students will have their work available for sale, with students earning 90 percent and the art department 10 percent, according to Mindy Staley, an art teacher at Whitehall-Yearling.
Pieces will sell for $5-$25, she said.
The art show is open to all Whitehall students; it is not limited to those taking elective art courses.
"Projects the kids have made throughout the year will be on display," Staley said.
In addition to providing a venue to share their artwork, Staley said the experience of selling their work in an environment resembling a gallery setting provides students with additional valuable experience, especially to those considering a career in artistry.
The event includes a performance by Transit Art, a Columbus-based performing-arts group, Staley said.
Among the students participating in the art show is senior Treyvon Johnson, who recently launched a cottage industry via Instagram, called Zeus Customs.
Johnson uses air brushes, paint brushes and other techniques to custom-paint shoes.
"I started making my own designs, and it grew from there," said Johnson, who said he has completed about 40 shoes for himself and paying customers who can view his work on the social-media app, Instagram.
Junior Trenton Wilichowski also enjoys wearing his artwork on his feet.
In some instances, acetone is used to treat the shoes before new paint is applied, he said.
"I like having something that is unique," Wilichowski said.
The art show will include mediums more typically found at school art shows, Staley said.
But artistry is not the only skill students are showing. The school was host to a talent show April 4; it also was overseen by Staley.
The show was resurrected after a hiatus when students were housed at other buildings to allow for the reconstruction of the high school.
Sophomore Kylee Siders performed a part of a duet but also took her first crack at a solo performance, singing "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," said Siders, who is a member of school's choir. "But I enjoyed it a lot, and I think it will be easier for me next time."
Twelve acts performed in the show, the third year it has been held since being reintrodcued by the school's yearbook class, Staley said.
Most acts involved song-and- dance routines as well as performances by the school's jazz band and a hand bell group.