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Harrison Arts Students Honored by AP Program

Courtesy of Polk County Public Schools

Stephon Russell

Two current Harrison Arts Center students and two members of Harrison's class of 2003 received honors from the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art program.

More than 20,000 student portfolios were submitted nationally to the College Board for various programs and Harrison had four students among 120 in the country whose work was eventually chosen for display.

Leif Langford, a Lakeland resident and Harrison junior, has work included in a national exhibit.

Caitlin Norgard, a Lakeland resident and Harrison junior has work displayed on a section of a College Board Web site, AP Central.

Lauren Fattal, a 2003 Harrison graduate from Winter Haven, has work on an AP Studio Art poster. In addition, her work is included in the same national exhibit where Langford's work will appear and she is also represented on a section of the AP Central Web site. Fattal also has work that is being used in AP teacher workshops as an example of outstanding art. Fattal intends to enroll at the San Francisco Institute of Art on a $40,000 scholarship after taking general education classes at Polk Community College.

From left to right: Lauren Fattal, Leif Langford and Caitlin Norgard

Stephon Russell, a 2003 Harrison graduate from Haines City, also has work that is being used in AP teacher workshops as an example of outstanding art. Russell has a $120,000 scholarship and is attending New York City's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, one of nation's oldest and most distinguished colleges of art.

Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser, an official with the College Board programs, wrote that Harrison's representation in the various programs "reflects brilliantly" on the school.

"It isn't unheard of for more than one student from a school to be in this group," she wrote, "but to have four students included, with one of multiple projects, is rare. Another factor that makes this so impressive is that the students' work is all individual and distinctive; it's obvious that your program is exemplary in that each student is developing his or her own vision."

In her letter, Sims-Gunzenhauser lauded the instruction of teachers Rocky Bridges and Karen DeMichael for their work with the students.

For more information about the Harrison Arts Center, visit