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Fort Jennings High School hosts annual Putnam County Arts Festival

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It may have been a Sunday but Fort Jennings High School was filled to the brim with people looking for a cultural experience. It may have been a Sunday but Fort Jennings High School was filled to the brim with people looking for a cultural experience.

It is not often you get to witness work by the most artistic students in your county all in one place, but that is exactly what happened in Fort Jennings on Sunday (3/11/18).

It may have been a Sunday but Fort Jennings High School was filled to the brim with people looking for a cultural experience.

The annual Putnam County Arts Festival showcased visual and musical art from all nine school districts in the county. the event brings together around 150 choir and band students from the schools and dozens more visual artists. The show encourages students to pursue a side of their education that is not always seen as important. 

"I think the arts are extremely important because it just teaches kids a lot of soft skills that businesses think are so important right now," says Putnam County Educational Service Center curriculum coordinator Gary Herman. "Too often we've talked about athletics and testing are so focused on right now and it's a nice way to focus on the cultural events."

The festival gives students an opportunity to showcase their own skills, and it also inspires them to work harder — students like Miller City-New Cleveland sophomore Kaydee Stant, who submitted pointillism piece she created based on an interview she did with a veteran.

"It's really cool to see what everyone can come up with because everyone is really talented and there's so many good art projects from the county," says Stant. "I can see stuff and be inspired by other people's art work and it's pretty cool to keep doing it throughout high school."

And really, the students involved in the show are some of the best in the county. The band and choir students audition for their spots and art teachers from around the county submit what they think are the best pieces from their students. It is added pressure, but it just makes them want to work harder.

"These are all the best of the best in the county," says Kalida junior Trevor Vorst. "Seeing everyone and them being better than me just makes me wanna be as good as them and I hope I'm pushing other people to be as good as me."

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