Megan McCray, the daughter of Sara and Terry Scepurek, has been named Royalton High School’s (RHS) Artist of the Year for 2014. After transferring to Royalton High School a few years ago, she began taking as many art classes as she could possibly fit into her schedule. The result is as obvious as the trophies she displays in the photo, and as important as it is for any high school student to find their career path in life.
“When I left my last school, I didn’t have the confidence to even think of a direction that I might go one day. It seemed like I never earned a first place in anything that I did in school. Then I walked into Royalton’s art department, met Mr. Halverson, and from the first project, things began to change for me. Halverson’s room is full of student work, from the walls to the ceiling tiles with the names of the student artists who have left their mark throughout the years that he has been there. In getting lost in this new environment, I found myself through Royalton High School’s visual arts program,” said McCray.
McCray’s mother, Sara said, “Words cannot express how proud I am of Megan for the talent she has. When she was announced as the 2014 RHS artist of the year, as any mom would I had to fight back the tears. I have never seen my baby so happy, inspired and proud of herself as when she started coming home and showing me the stuff she made in her art classes at Royalton High School. It’s amazing to watch your child blossom into such a confident, motivated artist by the variety of art classes offered at RHS and most of all by a teacher that takes the time to help his students develop the skills they need to make their artistic dreams come true. I think I speak for Megan and our whole family that Mr. Halverson will always have a place in our hearts and family for helping her gain the confidence to know she can be the artist she has always wanted to be, and as any parent knows, confidence is a key factor in bringing out the true talent in every child.”
“I will be attending the Art Institute International, Minnesota this fall,” McCray said. “When I went there to show my work, my admissions adviser told me that I had the best portfolio that he had seen this year. He even asked me if he could purchase an acrylic painting of a ship and port that I had done as a class project my junior year. He let me know that he was impressed with the variety and quality of my work several times.”