B-UHS Fine Arts Students of the Week: Elijah Carr and Aiden Bender

Performing Arts Student of the Week: Elijah Carr

Elijah Carr is a senior student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. He is a member of the band, choir, Soundwaves, rock band, and thespians. After school, Elijah participates in Buckhannon Community Theatre productions.

In his time at BUHS, Elijah has performed at the 100th dedication of the Lincoln Memorial and was in the WVVMA All-State Choir, ACDA Jr. High Honor Choir, and the school talent show. Some of his favorite roles on stage have been Kristoff in Frozen Jr. and Paris in Romeo and Juliet.

When asked why the arts are important to him, Elijah said, “The arts have helped me through dark times, and I wouldn’t want to change it for the world.”

Elijah hopes to attend Glenville State University to pursue a music education degree to become a choir teacher.

Visual Arts Student of the Week: Aiden Bender

Aiden Bender is a junior student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. He is a member of the Leo Club, hopes to join the lacrosse team this year, and previously has been involved in the National Arts Honor Society.

In his time at BUHS, Aiden was selected to design a cover for his class’ cookbook, assisted with the Strawberry Festival street mural, and has had multiple pieces of art chosen to be showcased at the Upshur County Schools Youth Art Exhibit. He is currently enrolled in AP Art and Design, as well as Drawing and Painting. Aiden’s favorite medium to work in is colored pencils and midtone paper and is interested in drawing animal anatomy.

When asked why the arts are important to him, Aiden said, “I like to doodle; it’s fun. I guess it’s a stress reliever.”

After high school, Aiden plans to continue his education to become a family physician or surgeon.

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