Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hampton Students Illustrate Teacher's Book

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hampton Students Illustrate Teacher's Book

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Even as he was learning himself, Hampton High School enrichment facilitator Scott Stickney couldn't help but teach through a book he created as part of his doctorate studies.

He even gave two gifted art students the opportunity to create illustrations for his work - thus providing the two juniors with the opportunity to add the title "published illustrator" to their college portfolios.

"Camp Birchbark...1963: The Adirondack Adventures of a Talented Troop of Teens" is a story about four profoundly gifted adolescents who meet while attending summer camp near Adirondack Park in New York that teaches all young students that life's lessons often occur while they are busy with the challenges of fitting in and growing up.

Hampton High School juniors Emily Hoover and Nicole Perrone created original pen-and-ink drawings for the book.

Mr. Stickney recruited the two advanced art students from Karen Vachon-Thaner's drawing and painting III course at the high school. He asked Mrs. Vachon-Thaner to post a request for book illustrators to all her students.

Emily, 16, was the first to volunteer after Mrs. Vachon-Thaner broached the subject in class and asked her friend Nicole, 17, to assist.

"I thought it was really cool," Emily said. "I like sketching so I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it,' and then asked Nicole. I know she's really good and creative."

Together the two created a dozen drawings for Mr. Stickney's book.

"My favorite one is a hand holding a compass," Emily said of her six drawings. The daughter of Jannine and Mark Hoover, Emily plans to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales.

Nicole's parents, Liz and Phil Peronne, also are proud to show off their daughter's work. "They think it's really cool," Nicole said. She plans on becoming a three-D animator.

Mr. Stickney said he was very pleased with the young women's work.

"I left it pretty open to their interpretation as they read the book. I wanted them to express how they see Penny and the characters in the book. …

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