PASCO, Wash.-- Three students at New Horizons Alternative School in Pasco have won regional high school art awards for jewelry they made in class.
April Ottey has been teaching the "Metal Design and Jewelry Art" class for more than two years. There are two levels of the class: beginner and intermediate. Students start with basic links and wires, then move to soldering and sawing, creating their own bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces.
Three students won honors at the High School Arts show at CBC recently. One of those students was eligible to move onto a state competition, but his jewelry sold before it made it there!
Ottey says, in addition to winning honors, the jewelry class is winning over students. She says it has helped high schoolers want to come to class and stay in school. Ottey explains, "Sometimes when they've been in a more traditional school setting, they haven't been as successful. They come in here, where they can work with their hands, and they find a place where they're successful. It just takes a small amount of success for them to feel confident."