Students show their artistic side

Guy Burstein

(May 25, 2012) — The crowd intently watched the screen as the short film came to a close. Suddenly, the room burst into applause and laughter as a short video by junior Alex Deravanessian, called “Jobs,” came to a close and was quickly followed by another act. “It was nice to know that people enjoyed the work I put into it,” said Deravanessian. Parents, students and faculty were treated to an evening of free entertainment as the first Clark Arts Night, held on April 20, showed off a variety of students’ creative talents. The event included over fifteen performances from students, ranging from a duet by senior Danny Dietz and junior Marc Llavore to recitals of famous poems. “It gave me the chance to promote my artistic side,” said Llavore. “It was fun to be casual and play the guitar.” According to one of the event founders, senior Khalil Jammal, the event was created in order to show off a more artistic side to a generally technical school. “Even though it is a science based school, there are many artistic, creative and talented kids here at Clark,” Jammal said. “The night was not to showcase the academic side because that is shown often. Rather it was to shed light on the artistic students and show what they could do.” Clark Arts Night was created after several poetry nights were held in previous years, with the goal of being a more diverse event. “We decided to go beyond poetry and reach out to all the arts,” said Jammal. In preparation for the event, members of poetry night met for a month in Maral Guarino’s classroom, discussing decorations, advertisements, and acts. “We had meetings every Monday for about a month before [Clark Arts Night] and we organized what we wanted from the performers,” said senior Jessica Palacios. According to Dietz, the event allowed him to show off the talents that he could not otherwise at Clark. “It was very satisfying to show off some of my talents,” he said. The event ended with a wide-spread feeling of success among the participants and planners. “It was a success because there was a lot of people who showed up who appreciated what we did,” said Palacios.