Lauren Lipsky loves art. A senior at Palmetto High School, she has volunteered at the Ceramic League of Miami teaching children how to make ceramics. She teaches them how to use the wheel and make pots by hand.
“I’ve been taking classes since I was six and I have been volunteering since I was in the eighth grade,” she says. “I volunteer 50 to 60 hours each summer.”
Lipsky has been taking art classes since she was a child and says she loves being able to pass on her knowledge to her students.
“I can see them grow and improve from year to year,” she says. “It’s a fun experience for me.”
When school is back in session, Lipsky will take Advance Placement Art. She just finished a Portfolio class.
“In school, I do a lot of painting. I’ve gotten really good at acrylics and oil pastels,” she says. “I use almost all media. Depending on the assignment, I can use almost every media.”
Lipsky says she likes surrealistic art.
“That is what I find to be the most fun and expressive and creative,” she says. “I can do realistic, I can do abstract, I can do almost anything.”
At Palmetto, she is the incoming historian of the Biology Club and president of the Art Honor Society.
“In the club, we do activities,” she says.
“We help clean the murals at Palmetto. We’ve decorated tiles for the school ceiling, which are going to be put up in the front of the school.
We do fun activities like that.”
In college, she is considering a double major in criminology and anthropology. Her dream school is the University of Miami.
“I really want to go into forensics,” she says. “I love the science parts. I love the body.”
Last summer, she took the Summer Scholars program at UM, which offered a course in forensics where she learned about bones and criminality.
“We got to learn from a special agent who works with the Miami-Dade police,” she says. “It sparked my interest.”
As a member of Palmetto’s Honor Council, she is interested in helping fellow students who have been caught cheating.
“It’s a second chance to admit that they are wrong and help them so they don’t cheat again,” she says. “I find it to be one of my prides. It shows I want to better my school.”
The honor council deals with four or five cases a month.
“We work as a group and we talk to the student and they admit what they did wrong,” she says. “They get sentenced to three sessions of detentions or three sessions of tutoring. It can be in the subject they cheated in or any subject that has tutoring. Which is all the core classes.”
If the students are caught a second time, they must deal with the consequences because they only get one visit to the honor council.
“My sister was on honor council and I would often have to wait in the office while she had the meetings,” Lipsky says. “When she graduated last year I felt I needed to take her place.”
To fulfill her dream of being on the council, Lipsky had to complete an application and go through interviews. There are eight juniors and seniors on the council. She will automatically be on the council next year.
By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld