The Student of the Month for March is Autumn Owens, a Grade 12 student at Belle River District High School, and she is the epitome of this month's theme of "Creativity".
Autumn's passion for creativity and the arts is unmatched. She is pursuing a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture, taking classes in visual arts, photography, drama and creative writing. She has been named the Noble Artist of the Month, an honour given to talented and creative artists at Belle River District High School.
A well-known student leader in the Drama department at Belle River, Autumn not only has many leading roles in the school's theatrical productions, but she also paints the background sets. Many teachers have her paintings on display in their classes.
She practices her visual art in her own studio where she works as a freelance artist, hosts art exhibits and teaches art techniques to children and her classmates. She creates hand painted Christmas ornaments that she sells at local craft markets and her paintings have been displayed at Art in the Park. Outside of school, she takes professional watercolour classes to improve her skills.
Autumn has passion for bettering her community through her creative abilities. She recently volunteered her skills as an illustrator for a colouring book with the Trevor Project, an American national non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth. The project has received over 21,000 downloads and raised over $3,000 that the Trevor Project will use in its work supporting youth.
Outside the art studio, Autumn is passionate about advocating for change in her role as the leader of Belle River's Gay-Straight Alliance. She is a peer-tutor and a volunteer at craft markets, Grade 8 Nights and Art Nights. She is also captain of the swim team and is actively pursuing her life-guarding qualifications.
Congratulations Autumn for being selected as the March Student of the Month!