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Harpist/dancer discusses what inspires her

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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Angela Lee is November's featured artist. [Photo submitted

   Angela Lee, a 16-year-old high school junior in Cary, has been playing harp for 10 years, and has attended multiple harp intensives and competitions.
   Her current harp teacher is Jacquelyn Bartlett, who holds the Harp Department Chair at North Carolina School of the Arts. Lee also dances with Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional division.
Teens & 20s took a few moments to speak with Lee about dedication, detail and art in society.
Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Lee: Music. It just makes me want to create something. I also love seeing other people’s work and their interpretations of something.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Lee: Probably around the beginning of middle school. School started to get more important and I had to consider if I really liked ballet and harp. I immediately knew I could not quit ballet, I loved it too much. Harp was different. I hated practicing. I didn’t like being alone in a room hours on end finding and fixing subtle details. However, I did find that once I mastered a piece, I loved performing it to others and adding my own artistic touches.
Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Lee: I have always have been interested in clothing and costume design. I have made small stuff like that in the past but I don’t really have time to do that now.
Teens & 20s: What is the most unusual or uncommon genre of music that you love?
Lee: I really like classical music and opera. I don’t really have a specific reason, I just think its nicer than other genres.
Teens & 20s: What message do you want to spread through music?
Lee: I usually just want people to enjoy the music. Sometimes I want the people to connect to the music and to feel it — it depends on what I’m playing.
Teens & 20s: What do you think is the most common misconception about music/harp?
Lee: A lot of people think that playing the harp is difficult, yet if you want to just learn it for fun it’s pretty easy. Perfecting a piece and trying to go professional is a lot harder, but I feel like that goes for a lot of things.
Teens & 20s: If you weren’t an artist, what other passion would you pursue?
Lee: I really don’t know. Art, both visual and performing, is a really big part of my life and I feel like I need a way to express myself. Maybe I would do something with engineering, When I’m read more…

November’s Student of the Month has a desire to do what’s right

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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Cailyn Fogleman is November's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

   November’s Student of the Month, Cailyn Fogleman, lives by the motto — “if you are honest and a hard worker, you will be successful in anything you put your mind to.”
Fogleman, a junior at Burlington Christian Academy (BCA), excels in scholarship, sports and selflessness. She is the daughter of Chad and Crystal Fogleman of Burlington.
Rene Neff, BCA’s athletic director, describes her as “off-the-charts” academically, but emphasizes that Fogleman “quietly assumes the role of a servant leader.”
As a child, Fogleman was involved in soccer, gymnastics and cheerleading before she discovered her passion for volleyball in middle school.
“I love that volleyball allows our team to work together to grow within the sport both individually as well as together. Our team has such a strong bond and we are like family,” she said.
Fogleman takes initiative on and off the field. This September, she orchestrated the return of a local cancer fundraiser, Volley for the Cure, to Burlington Christian Academy.
“Volley for the Cure had been started several years ago and it was always an incredible event to raise awareness and a great fundraiser for the community. We didn’t have anyone to coordinate it last year and I really missed it,” she explained.
“I asked our athletic director (Neff) if I could take on this as a project and was excited that she allowed me to do this for our school and community. It is so important to have ways to increase breast cancer awareness in schools and also contribute to local patients’ needs through fund-raising.”
Through her willingness to serve others, Fogleman helped raise almost $900 to contribute to the Cone Health Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund. The money that was donated from this project assisted patients in numerous aspects of their cancer treatment, providing transportation to and from appointments, assisting with costs of medication, and helping patients with their utility bills when medical bills become overwhelming.
“Cailyn is compassionate and mature beyond her years,” Neff said.
She is excited to see what the future holds for Fogleman, predicting that she will establish a nonprofit that discovers the cure for cancer.
“Each year, I am learning more about myself and my strengths and interests,” Fogleman said. “I feel as if there are so many career opportunities out there…I am excited to see what all this world has to offer.”
She encourages other teens who wish to get involved in community service to “follow their passion and devote themselves towards their goal. Be proud of the difference they are able to make in their community.”
Her own motivation, the driving force behind her acts of kindness and servant spirit, is strikingly simple but poignant with power. For Cailyn Fogleman, Student of the Month, putting others first isn’t a choice, it’s a calling.
“I am inspired simply by the desire to do what’s right at my greatest ability with the talents that God has given me.”

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate. She currently trains in Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional program.

 

 

 

Tap dancer discusses rhythm & more

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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Reagan Doucette, of Reidsville, has training in all styles of dance, but favors tap dancing. [Photo submitted

   Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Meet the Artist, a     monthly series by Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White featuring young   area performers.

Reagan Doucette, a 17-year-old high school senior from Reidsville, is   October’s featured artist.
She has dedicated the past 13 years to training in all styles of dance, but   favors tap dancing. Reagan has been a member of companies such as   Gene Medler’s “North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble” and Nancy   Chippendale’s “American Tap Company.” She has been able to train with Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Sarah Reich and many more. Doucette aspires to one day run her own company.
Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Reagan Doucette: Younger dancers and the twinkle in their eyes. When I was young, I always looked up to the “big kids.” Now, I feel they are looking up to me. Knowing that I could be inspiring a younger generation of dancers motivates me to work hard for what I want.
Teens & 20s: What do you feel made the transition from hobby to passion?
Doucette: I really don’t remember having one specific moment that it read more…

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