Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spotlight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Spotlight

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This week's student spotlight shines on Tim Dubitsky, a senior at Francis Howell High School who recently won first place in print-making at the Lindenwood College Art Show.

Printmakers carve or etch images into wood, linoleum, plastic or other materials. The surfaces then are inked and used to make multiple prints. Tim's award-winning piece was a 24-by-36-inch wood carving of a man standing while being consumed by something under the earth. "I guess that sounds a little morbid," he said of the design.

Tim will study art in the fall at New York University. He chose art because he wants to change people's perspectives. "It's the one way that you can convey emotions to people without confusing them in words," he said. Tim is involved in extracurricular activities, too. He is president of the student council and hopes to get that group more involved in charitable activities. "We did a shoe drive earlier this year for a mission in Brazil," he said. "We raised almost 500 pairs of shoes. We had a contest for people to bring in the most shoes. The people who did won free pizza." In the fall, the student council participated in Walktoberfest to raise money for diabetes research. In December, students filled a barrel at a toy store with toys for needy children. Saturday, the group will host the Special Olympics for the Gateway Region. Tim is prepared for any surprises the event may throw at him. Two weeks ago, he was one of 15 St. Louis-area seniors selected to be a counselor at a camp for fifth-graders at Camp Lion's Den. "We instructed them in team building and science activities," Tim said. "But mostly we just kept them alive, made sure they were bathing and tried to get them to go to sleep before five in the morning. I had the best group. They didn't break anything." Tim has been a member of the school choir for four years and the drama club for two years. This year, he played Gary LeJeune, the lead character in "Noises Off," a play about an actor in a play. "It was a comedy that involved a lot of sight gags," explained Tim, "so the timing had to be perfect, and it was. I think it was the best play that the school's ever done because the cast worked so well together. …

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