High School Pilot Project


The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Florida East Coast Chapter is excited to announce the success of the NSAL High School Pilot Project at Boca Raton Community High School. Click here to see our one-minute video, or visit the Florida East Coast chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NSALFloridaEast/.

The program began with the 2015-16 academic year; start-up funds were donated, and a professional mentor donated time and services. In its first year the new art pilot project focused in the area of photography. The area of interest may vary from year to year but shall be a discipline from within the visual and performing arts, and literature categories. The Florida East Coast Chapter is the first chapter to develop and roll out the High School Pilot Project in conjunction with mentors, educators and school officials. The project will be expanded to other chapters across the country, and the Florida East Coast Chapter has provided Guidelines for Student Chapter Members.

The Florida High School Pilot Project officially kicked off in September 2015. Longtime Chapter board member and staunch supporter Alyce Erickson along with Chapter member Kirsten Stevenson enthusiastically stepped in to serve as advisors to the project. The pilot project focused on creating and organizing an exhibit of student photography work as well as presenting a master photography class held in the Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University. The master class was led by renowned photographer Stephen Crowley, a New York Times Pulitzer Award-winning photographer, on February 27, 2016. Click here to view the HSPP Master Class Flyer. Students and advisors participated in bi-monthly luncheon meetings at the high school with the project’s sponsor, Rob Sweeten, Head of the Photography Department at Boca Raton High School.

Student Co-Presidents, Blythe Nieporte and Christine Stephenson, along with a student board, have were elected for the pilot project and the enrollment for the group was 21 students. This program was set up as an Honors program. Each participating student earned community service hours by volunteering to help with other chapter activities such as the New Member Social and the Gala Fundraiser on April 1, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago. Click here to see what Blythe and Christine had to say about the program: From the Student Co-Presidents.

The Florida East Coast Chapter members are honored to be the first chapter to develop the High School Pilot Project; they look forward to its success and to establishing the project in high schools around the country.

Contact Chair:

Alyce Erickson