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Finding Passion through Opportunity

Amelia Traylor is a Renaissance woman, possessing many talents and interests. She takes a significant course load, spends hours stage managing EHS Onstage productions and student-directed one acts, serves as an acolyte captain in Chapel, sits on our student admissions committee Knight Ambassadors, and dabbles in photography.

Growing up with a mother who was a professional dancer and a grandfather who sold guitars for a living, Traylor has always been exposed to performing arts. Since she was little, Traylor was encouraged to delve into dancing or acting. Acting was never her strong suit, but when she started Episcopal, she learned about stage management and discovered it was right up her alley. During freshman year, when a friend of Traylor's was cast in a student-directed one act play and didn't want to participate alone, Traylor stepped up to be her stage manager. "Boy, am I glad she invited me to join. Ever since, I've been hooked," says Traylor.

Since that initial life-changing experience, she has participated in 12 productions ranging from plays, musicals, to dance concerts. "I absolutely love stage management and technical theater. I get to be in a world that I love without having to get on a stage. I'm a bit of a control freak, so stage management plays to my strong suits. In fact, Mr. Revaz and Mr. Brock often have to calm my storms of organization."

Traylor loves seeing a production come to life, from the bare bones when there isn't even a set until the magic of opening night. She feels gratified seeing audience members exit the theatre with mesmerized looks on their faces. "I love being a part of what people see as theatre magic when, in reality, it's a bunch of people working behind the scenes." One of her favorite things is seeing a scene come together for the first time with all the lights, music, and moving parts.

Even though she's not a performer, theater has improved her confidence. As a dyslexic, she struggled with speech as a child, making public speaking a challenge. Stage managing and being a part of so many rehearsals has turned Traylor into a better speaker.

In addition to a rigorous academic load and theatre responsibilities, she became an acolyte captain, carrying the second cross in Chapel. "Being an acolyte made me more present in Chapel and appreciate that time more. It's a way I can serve others doing something I enjoy."

As a Knight Ambassador, Traylor helps the Admissions Department court new students. She has connected with the other ambassadors and especially Associate Admissions Director Ayesha Spooner. "My sophomore year, Mrs. Spooner said something I'll never forget: Leave others better than when you found them. I'd say that's become my own personal motto."

Traylor's interests in photography started on her 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., where she photographed the tour for the yearbook. "I loved that I could capture a moment and freeze it in time forever." Once she got to EHS, she took Beginning Photo and as many photo classes as she could schedule. Her favorite photography class is Photo J, because she scouts locations and preserves the joy of being on campus.

"Through all of its classes and extracurriculars, EHS has helped me hone who I am," Traylor sums up. "Now I can go to college a smarter and more realized person."

--Emma Tsai

Students Examine the Art of Amoako Boafu

Photo by O'Neal, Harriosn '23

Last month, students in the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) gathered after school at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, to tour and discuss Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, a display of paintings created by the 38-year-old Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo. As the exhibition’s title suggests, the paintings are portraits of black people, including the artist himself, his friends and family, and even celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Students, accompanied by some of their parents, explored the show with museum docent Janice Warren, who asked questions to prompt reflection and discussion. When Warren explained that the paintings in the exhibition were created between 2016 and 2022, the group recognized how the artist’s style had evolved over that period of time. In contrast to his older work, Boafu’s newer paintings have simpler compositions and bolder, brighter colors, which puts more focus on the figures.  “I liked seeing Amoako Boafo’s progression throughout his career,” shared Callahan Baker ’24.  “I learned how the colors and background can influence the theme of the art.”

Another aspect of Boafu’s work that intrigued the group is how he paints the figures’ skin with his fingers. As a result, the subjects’ bodies are a web of moving lines. “The skin was made from all kinds of brown textures and a bit of blue,” observed O’Neal Harrison ’23. “I learned that even one of the most childish forms of painting can be used to create stunning works of art.”

Boafu’s work not only challenges traditional painting techniques but also ideas about race, identity, and representation. NAHS faculty sponsor Lauren Cunningham was inspired to organize the event after she saw the show this summer. “I was really moved by Boafu’s art, and I wanted students to have an opportunity to take a closer look and explore the deeper meaning.” Mia Tuckwood ’23 attended the tour and commented afterwards, “His art made me think, which is what art is supposed to do. [It was a] very cool experience.”

(left to right) Mia Tuckwood ‘23, James Carter ‘23, Caroline Lile ‘24, Callahan Baker ‘24, McKenna Foteh ‘24, Lucy Katz ‘24, William Citizen ‘23, Townsen Thomas ‘24, O’Neal Harrison ’23