The WVIA Artists of the Week representing Mount Carmel Area have been announced. Senior Jessica Pachuski was chosen in the performing arts category, and senior Sierra Nolter in visual arts. The Artist of the Week campaign is designed to bring attention to high school students who have excelled in the visual and performing arts.

Pachuski is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in chorus. After being raised on Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, Pachuski seized the lead roles of the annual spring operetta this year and last. In 2014 and in previous years, she qualified for the PMEA District 8 Jazz, District Chorus and Region 4 Chorus. She plans to pursue a career in speech pathology.

Nolter loves mixed media artwork and her favorite artist is impressionist, Salvador Dali. A student of both MCA art teachers, Jenn Stahr and Theresa Madison, she is a prominent member of the art club, and has won many awards at the past two art shows at MCA. She plans to enter the workforce after high school and to pursue a lifetime of happiness. Nolter stated, "Whatever I do in life, art will always be a huge part of my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I was intrigued by how things look when put together."

Watch for both Pachuski and Nolter and their one-minute spotlight featured the week of Feb. 2 to 8 on the WVIA national public television network and on Both artists will also now be in the running to compete for WVIA Artist of the Year.