Traub Candidates Await Selection
“Traub is an inspiration for art of all kind,” says orchestra teacher Mrs. Hashien. In 1956 the Traub Memorial Scholarship Travel Fund was founded, and over half a century later, the tradition carries on at Lahser High School. The purpose of this program is to reward artistically and musically talented seniors with a summer abroad trip to Europe after graduation and before college. The trips main purpose is to encourage students to continue their explorations through music and art. Every year, two Andover students and two Lahser students are awarded with this scholarship. “Traub is amazing because Bloomfield Hills Schools District is the only district that does such a thing” Exclaims Lahser’s very own art teacher, Mrs. York, “We are truly blessed to have this opportunity”. The process is long and tedious, but worth it in the end.
The art students begin their portfolio in August and build it up through early March. An essay is also required to tell the scholarship a little bit about themselves outside of art. Their art display will be in the media center March 23 and will be taken down April 20. On Wednesday April 13, the students will have the opportunity to present their displays to the Traub judges. They will have to explain what their art means to them and answer any questions the panel has to ask.
The process for the music students is a bit different. Like art students, they submit an essay, but instead of a portfolio, they play their music from memory in front of a panel of eight judges. After they perform, the judges will ask them questions about themselves and their future in music based on their essays.
The competition this year is bigger than ever. The music candidates include Lauren Cornwell, Kelli Jackson, Michael Ryding, Lauren Settecerri, and Max Smith. The art candidates are Ellen Daniels, Jonathan Eagle, Toya Ejike, Kelli Jackson, Joslynn Roose, Max Sabol, and Scott Swanson. The eleven contestants are already getting very excited. “I am so excited to compete in Traub,” says music candidate Max Smith. “I am passionate about music and the opportunity to go to Europe will be an amazing experience”. Applicant Kelli Jackson is the only student to be enrolled in both the art and music categories. “It is a pleasure to display something I love to do,” she says, “and I love that I have the opportunity to be in both categories since I am so impassioned by both”.
The final award ceremony will occur at 10:00 AM on Monday April 18 in the auditorium. The loads of talent in this season’s competitors will make it extremely difficult to predict a winner. Lahser is wishing the best of luck to all Traub participants!