Riverview students earn honors from arts council

The LaFontaine Arts Council named four students from Riverview Middle School as its Artists of the Month for October. Those students are (from left) Emilie Garcia and nominating teacher Danielle Ellenburg; Jonathan York and nominating teacher James Court; Grace Null and nominating teacher Brenda Betley; and Haley Newton and nominating teacher Chris Husband.
The LaFontaine Arts Council named four students from Riverview Middle School as its Artists of the Month for October. Those students are (from left) Emilie Garcia and nominating teacher Danielle Ellenburg; Jonathan York and nominating teacher James Court; Grace Null and nominating teacher Brenda Betley; and Haley Newton and nominating teacher Chris Husband. Photo by Steve Clark.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has recognized four students from Riverview Middle School as its Artists of the Month for October. Those students are Emilie Garcia, Haley Newton, Grace Null and Jonathan York.

Garcia, the daughter of Manuel Garcia and Phyllis Paxton, was nominated for choir by Danielle Ellenburg, choir director.

Ellenburg remarked that Garcia, an eighth-grader, is an excellent student who exhibits leadership skills. She noted that Garcia has participated in Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competitions for two years and earned gold ratings in several categories. She also commented that Garcia played Momma Bear in “Shrek” and will be playing Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Newton, the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Newton, was nominated for communications by Chris Husband, communications teacher.

Husband praised Newton’s contributions to the school’s news program, RTV. He stated that Newton, an eighth-grader, has a great understanding of the program’s technical equipment, plus an outstanding presence in front of the camera. He added that she is a leader in class who is always willing to jump in and help out wherever she is needed.

Null’s parents are Cassie Null and Brian Stoffel. The eighth-grader was nominated for visual arts by Brenda Betley, art teacher.

Betley stated that Null displays an openness to learning and a willingness to try new things. She also praised Null’s creativity and attitude.

York’s parents are James and Cami York. The eighth-grader was nominated for band by James Court, band director.

Court hailed York as a great clarinetist and an amazing leader. Court praised York’s ability to learn the tenor sax, flute and piccolo on his own. He also noted that York has had great success in solo and ensemble contests at ISSMA.