Congratulations AOAT Class of 2017! We wish you all the best as you complete one chapter in your journey, and embark on the next! Stay curious, motivated, and creative in your pursuit of your passions! And come visit your Academy family to inspire those who follow. We celebrate you, 2017 Graduates!
Students from 10th and 11th grade enjoyed this major retrospective of Chicago artist Marshall, and of course the escape from school on a sunny spring day! The 2-hour bus ride to downtown was not fun, but experiencing such thought-provoking art with peers is always a treat. Chaperones had a relaxing lunch at the Grand Central Market, and all hope the Angels’ Flight gets back in service soon: that’s a steep hill back up to meet the bus!!
360 photos by teacher Paola Prato
Being a member of this team has been a great joy and privilege – and as I retire to enjoy travel and creative pursuits, I will miss the daily interactions we shared. The AOAT has been my “home at school” for 12 years, and I’ll continue to support the Academy “family” whenever they need a chaperone or anything else.
Thanks, students, for the amazing send-off party, and especially for all your talent in designing the “Mrs. Mercer icon” for backdrop and t-shirt, and the hand-lettered card. You’ve got skills, and I look forward to following your progress as you also move onto the next stages of your lives. Always remember the camaraderie of being part of a group who cares about you, and come back to inspire the next wave of graduates.
Another important part of the AOAT career preparation process is the annual Career Exploration Visit. This year’s hosts – Midnight Oil and Impress Communications – are two leading contenders in the high end design and printing fields. And both were extending this incredible opportunity to the students not for the first time – Midnight Oil was the host of our very first CEV six years ago, and Impress has hosted AOAT twice before! We cannot thank these generous companies enough for welcoming young people into their domains and opening their eyes to possible careers. Touring and learning about the many facets of – and specialties within – the field they are studying in school gives our students the awareness they need to visualize their own futures.
And we couldn’t have organized and carried out these trips without Mr. Diebold who called and followed up with the company contacts. And a shout out as well to our chaperones – alumni Marcy Saylor and Michael Trimarchi, student teacher Jesse Sosa, and Advisory Board members George Roberts and John Ford – thank-you!
Fall means floats, and Art Club created another winning entry in the Homecoming competition. Theme this year was amusement park rides, and the Club’s Alice in Wonderland designs were terrific, from painted backgrounds and props to colorful costumes. Enthusiasm builds over the two weeks of long hours required to build such a masterpiece, and teachers provide support and a cheering section for these talented students. Go Art Club!!
In October, AOAT Seniors enjoyed a trip to Little Tokyo to tour the Geffen branch of MOCA, and had the added treat of a “curated” walk around the area’s blossoming street art scene, narrated by Ms. Prato. Students enjoyed the time with each other in an exciting part of our city, and teachers and volunteer chaperones got to relax away from the stresses of regular school days: a win-win!
As a Lighthouse program, AOAT is a host for the annual fall regional meeting for teams from CPAs in our area. This year’s event was attended by 15 educators and our Sacramento leaders, Jerry Winthrop and Colby Franklin. AOAT was also represented by an Advisory Board member and a parent.
This year’s AOAT Student Ambassadors welcomed and escorted the visitors to the buffet breakfast and presentation. This is a great opportunity for the juniors and seniors to practice their professional conversational skills and promote our program. Thanks, team!