To celebrate the culmination of the hard work and artistic achievements of the fine and performing artists at IHA, we held our Spring Arts Festival on May 7, 2019. Prior to the concert, an Art Show Reception, hosted by the IHA Parents’ Club and the National Art Honor Society, was held in the main lobby. The Art Show featured work from students in Introduction to Art, Art II, Advanced Painting and Drawing, 3-D Art, Digital Photography, Honors Studio, and AP Studio Art. The concert, featuring the IHA Orchestra, Voices, Spring Chorus, and combined choirs began at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Our versatile musicians and singers performed everything from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” to “Havana,” “Skyfall,” and “Seasons of Love.” At the end of the concert, the winning Education Raffle ticket was drawn. Congratulations to Jim Hunt P’22, father of Skyler Hunt’22, for winning this year’s raffle!
Amanda Molloy’20 was named this year’s recipient of the Molly Offer Memorial Scholarship Award. Every year at the Spring Arts Festival, a student is honored with this award, established by her family to honor their daughter and sister, Mary Ellen (Molly) Claire Offer. The youngest IHA alumna of five sisters, Molly was a member of the Class of 2006 and passed away on April 6, 2008. The memorial scholarship was established by her parents and sisters; it is the intention of the family that the award is presented to a student who typifies the qualities so loved in Molly: a student who loves art, theater, and design; has a deep love for family; and is willing to share compassion, spiritual values, and love of life with everyone she meets. This year’s recipient, Amanda, is an active member of the National Art Honor Society and International Thespian Society. She served as an assistant stage manager for Beauty and the Beast and is the president of her parish youth group. Like Molly, she has excelled in her art classes and, true to the spirit of the award, she is someone who is always willing to lend a hand. Thank you to Molly’s sister, Brennan Offer Burke’94, for attending the Spring Arts Festival and helping to present the special award to Amanda! Photos courtesy of Mike Hamlett Photography.