|The Waller High School Fine Arts Department consists of diverse group of teachers that focus on educating students in the areas of visual and performing arts. Texas students who learn the disciplines of art, dance, music, and theatre as they are defined by the Fine Arts TEKS not only have the potential to improve their quality of life, but also to improve their performance in other academic areas. Our Fine Arts Department is lead by Lea Kohn. Ms. Kohn has been an art teacher at Waller High School for 17 years, and the Fine Arts Department Chair for 12 years. Other Fine Arts Department members are Jo Ann Chunn, Krista Miller-Lutz (dance), Shane Macklin and Branden Hill (band), Cherith Wells (choir), Carrie Wood and Amy Wernig (theatre), and Hayley Hollis (Speech and Debate).
Waller High School’s Visual Arts program is guided by Lea Kohn and Jo Ann Chunn. Students in the Visual Arts program receive a variety of hands-on art experiences that consist of, but are not limited to, drawing (using a variety of dry media), painting (utilizing watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and oil paint), functional and non-functional ceramics, and photography. Art students also compete in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Competition and the annual Waller High School Art Exhibition.
The Waller High School Band, led by Grant McWilliams, is a competitive 4A program. Its 140+ members participate in Marching Band, Concert Ensembles, Indoor Color Guard, Indoor Percussion, Jazz Ensemble, and a host of other musical activities. The Waller High School "Bulldog" Band is a UIL Sweepstakes winning program (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011) and a 2007 and 2009 UIL 4A State Marching Contest qualifier.
The Waller High School Choirs, under the Direction of Cherith Wells, spend their year learning and perfecting numerous types of Choral music. From Beethoven to Queen, we hit every genre of music at some point in the year. This year’s Varsity Chorale earned a Sweepstakes award at the Region 27 UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest, continuing to make history for the WHS Choral Department.
The Waller High School Box of Stars Theatre is an award-winning theatre program that produces 5 to 6 theatrical events throughout the school year, including musicals, the UIL One Act Play and original student works. This group offers a variety of theatre courses that provide our students with a hands-on experience in both acting and all aspects of technical theatre. The Box of Stars Theatre is led by directors Carrie Wood and Amy Wernig who bring to the table years of both professional and educational theatre experience. The Box of Stars Theatre is a warm family environment where students can explore their talents and express their creativity.
Speech students must be well-versed in current events and be able to articulate how those events affect the entire world. This understanding of politics, foreign affairs and global conflicts produces well-rounded and informed students and often spurs an interest in politics. Due to the fact that students must be able to argue both sides of an issue, they become better able to analyze issues both in competition and in their own lives more critically and become more able to see other perspectives. Debate is an activity that allows students to enhance their multi-tasking, research and critical thinking skills. There are unique experiences gained in debate that allows students to develop confidence and public speaking skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. The research that students do in debate can be as challenging and in-depth as the research for a master's thesis.
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