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Masco Arts Stars

The Salem News Art Stars from Masconomet Regional High School

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There’s no question that the North Shore is brimming with student ingenuity.

Whether it be singing, writing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, animation or other artistic mediums, many local students are innovators in their field of art.

The Salem News presents its second annual series to acknowledge students on the North Shore who are gifted in the arts.

The region’s high schools have nominated students who excel in the visual, performing or musical arts. Continuing the series are three students from Masconomet Regional High School who have received accolades for their work in music, drawing, visual arts and more.

We asked the nominees — Nicholas Meixsell, Emily Quenzel and Louis Brogna — questions related to their artistic talents, accomplishments and future plans. Their responses are below.


Nicholas Meixsell

Nicholas Meixsell is an accomplished trumpet player.

Nicholas Meixsell

  • Age: 18
  • Grade: Senior
  • GPA: 3.7
  • Artistic talents: Trumpet player
  • Extracurricular activities: I am an Eagle Scout and a year-round athlete.
  • Awards and recognition: Northeast Senior District Band, 2012, 2013, 2014; All-State Concert Band, first trumpet, 2015; New England Conservatory Senior MYWE orchestra, first trumpet, 2015.
  • Future college plans and intended major: I will be attending Union College, and I am currently undecided.

Tell us how you got started in the arts. How old were you, and what piqued your interest?

I was 10, and I first started out with the school band, Program in Proctor, with some friends.

Why do you love your art?

It’s a great outlet if I’m feeling stressed, and I get chances to meet many different and talented people.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments within your art field?

My proudest moment was when I got into the All-State Wind Band.

How have you balanced school with your art?

I never had a real issue, as it simply comes down to managing your time effectively.

What are some of your future goals related to your art?

I would like to continue playing in college, and join the groups offered there.

Do you have plans to continue studying your art in college, either as a hobby or as a major? How did you come to this decision?

I will continue studying at college, but not as my main focus. It’s not something I will put down, but I have other interests I want to pursue.


Drawing by Emily Quenzel

A drawing done in pencil by Emily Quenzel.

Emily Quenzel

  • Age: 18
  • Grade: Senior
  • GPA: 4.39
  • Artistic talents: Visual arts, drawing, painting, fashion.
  • Extracurricular activities: I was a captain of my school’s ski team and I have been free skiing since I was 2. I played the piano for nine years and participate in youth group missions around the country with my church.
  • Awards and recognition: I won a Gold Key and Silver Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
  • Future college plans and intended major: Parsons School of Design, majoring in strategic design and management

Tell us how you got started in the arts. How old were you, and what piqued your interest?

I began taking art classes in elementary school, in school and outside of school. I have loved crafts since the day I was born.

Why do you love your art?

I love my art because it is my way to express myself and show the world who I am.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments within your art field?

My first accomplishment was when I won a Gold Key for a drawing. It was the first time I was recognized for my talent from someone other than my parents.

How have you balanced school with your art?

Balancing school with art is tough, but I always managed to finish both art projects and school projects on time.

What are some of your future goals related to your art?

I hope art becomes a future career for me. Life without art is simply boring.

Do you have plans to continue studying your art in college, either as a hobby or as a major? How did you come to this decision?

Yes, I am going to Parsons’ The New School for design in New York City next year. I decided this when my guidance counselor asked me what classes I like in school, and I said only one — art.


'Rock On'

Louis Brogna's piece titled "Rock On."

Louis Brogna

  • Age: 17
  • Grade: Senior
  • GPA: 4.71
  • Artistic talents: Visual/studio arts, singing, dancing
  • Extracurricular activities: I dance almost every day and I sing absolutely every day.
  • Awards and recognition: National Honor Society; Northeastern Senior District Choir, (2014-2015); Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Silver Key (2012), Honorable Mention (2013), Silver Keys and Honorable Mention (2015); Endicott College High School Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention (2014); Outstanding Achievement Award, Studio Art, Masconomet Regional High School (2012-2014).
  • Future college plans and intended major: I will be attending Boston Conservatory as a musical theatre major.

Tell us how you got started in the arts. How old were you, and what piqued your interest?

I was drawing since I was little. People seemed to like what I made and said it was good, so I continued. My mom was my biggest influence. I started singing my freshman year. I didn’t really get into singing until I found the right teacher who I currently work with, Dan Schmunk.

Why do you love your art?

Art gives me a way to express my emotions in a way I cannot do with words.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments within your art field?

Completing AP art concentration.

How have you balanced school with your art?

Time management, a good support system, and VERY little sleep.

What are some of your future goals related to your art?

My future goal is to perform on Broadway. It is a very ambitious dream, but I am willing to work toward it.

Do you have plans to continue studying your art in college, either as a hobby or as a major? How did you come to this decision?

I will continue to perform in college and I hope that I take the time to continue with my visual arts as a hobby.

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