PARISH – The team from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School, in only its third year of competing, took home the coveted prize and was declared champions at the annual Feats of Clay ceramics competition held at Onondaga Community College.
The competition, which brought schools from all across the region, tested the students in Olympic-style competition in categories such as: cylinder stack, mug production, no hands throw, blindfold throw, pot put and highest coiling.
The team from APW crushed the previous coiling height by nearly 10” setting a new Feats of Clay record at 83 inches.
Coached by Matthew Hill, art instructor at the junior/senior high school, the relatively new team to the competition was determined to do well this year and practiced their techniques in preparation for the event.
Unique to the APW team was the practice of holding water in their mouths for use in moistening the clay during the throwing process rather than removing their hands from the clay to use a sponge, they released water from their mouths as needed without taking their hands from the piece.
“I am incredibly proud of these students,” said Hill. “They worked so hard in preparation for this competition and were determined to win.”
Team members included: Olivia Hoy, Maryanne Lazore, Sydney Jones, McKayla Wilkes, Vehjric Dupree, Riley Houde, Jennie Thomas, Christine Eckert, Ashley Racine, Victoria VanWagner, Jill Mueller, Erica Allen, Gabe Casato, Carlee Oakes, Cory Costen, Jordan Tilden, Christine Leeman, Destiny Rose, Katelin Castor, Anna Mullin, Nicole Redford, Harlee Lucier, Madison Carusone, Kassandra Engebretsen, Julianna Bresha, Amelia Auringer, Olivia Groesbeck, and Tesla Hiller.
Feats of Clay was established in 1987 to foster education of the ceramic arts for area high schools.
The event has grown to include a juried high school student exhibition to recognized excellence in the area of ceramic arts.