The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts provides hands-on arts opportunities for the state’s talented high school students who are dancers, actors, musicians, creative writers, future architects or visual artists. This year, junior Helena Kaelin has been selected to participate in this wonderful program in the discipline of Visual Art.
GSA’s primary components include a three-week summer residency program at Centre College where students are immersed in a rigorous curriculum. GSA provides students the opportunity to develop as an artist and as an advocate for the arts.
Over 1,400 students audition for GSA each year and approximately 255 students are selected to attend for GSA, an honor which includes the opportunity to learn from gifted faculty, performances, exciting field trips, and special arts events.
Mr. Jim Doerflein, Art Teacher at Newport Central Catholic High School notes, “While there are absolutely no guarantees when it comes to Governor’s School for the Arts, the odds are quite long, but my hopes and confidence in Helena’s chances were extremely high. She is a fantastically talented artist, a fanatically hard worker, and she is extremely intelligent. Her selection was absolutely no surprise to me. Helena represents all that the NewCath Art Department strives for and represents. I would also mention, at the risk of being cliché, that as gifted as Helena is artistically, she’s even a better person - the ‘real deal’. I am happy and excited for her and her family!”
Helena is the daughter of Caroline and Tom Kaelin of St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
Junior Ali Doepker of St. Catherine of Siena Parish has been named as an alternate in the discipline of Singing. Ali is the daughter of Candace and Jim Doepker.