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Cold paint touches the hands of many: Felicia Assurian and her art

Felicia Assurian posing with the door to her art room
Felicia Assurian posing with the door to her art room

Cold paint touches the hands of all the people Felicia Assurian loves. With an art room filled with supplies and art projects, a door stands out in front of it all. The door is filled with handprints.

Felicia Assurian is a sophomore at Urbana High School and she is dedicated to everything she does. As a member of the Junior Varsity softball team and member of the Urbana News Network, Felicia always strives for her best no matter the cost. 

“She is always so compassionate and ready to listen and ready to deal with other people’s problems even when she has a bunch of things going on in her own life.” Junior Brooke Dress recalls.

But of all things Felicia has done, nothing trumps her devoted passion for Art. After growing up in a Catholic elementary and middle school, she remembers the lack of creativity she used while there. Although, this did not stop her. 

“My love of art has just always been there, ever since I was younger.” she mentions. 

But one of the most treasured things her love of art has given her, is her art room. With tapestries, posters, and art projects on the walls, shelves and drawers with extensive art supplies, her art room is a cozy space to use her creativity. When you walk in though, you will notice the door to the art room stands out. 

“I have a door, where everyone comes into my art room, they paint their hand their favorite color or something, then they put it on their door and they sign their name.” Felicia clarifies.

I’ve had the opportunity to see this door – it felt so special to Felicia when she talked about it. I was also able to put my own handprint on the door. It felt like such a special moment being able to!

Felicia mentions how she hasn’t gone a day without doing something creative, whether it is in her art class, in her art room, or little doodles in class. Her love of art isn’t just something she does for fun, it also helps her with her emotions.

“I struggled with mental stuff, but art has always helped me through it.” she says. 

Felicia continues to say how art has always been a safe space for her and has formed her dreams. In the future she mentioned wanted to become an elementary school art teacher. But out of all of that, she wishes to say this:

“I just want everyone to be nice to everybody, just know that everyone is struggling regardless and be self aware of that.”


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Leah Jeffries
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Leah Jeffries is a Sophomore at Urbana High School. Born in Baltimore and raised in Frederick, Maryland, Leah likes to sleep, read, listen to music, and play the game Just Dance when she is not at school. Her favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars. "I've read it so many times," Leah said. She loves Indie Rock and Jazz music and does not have a favorite artist. She is involved in the UHS Drama Department, doing paint crew and props. Every Wednesday she has art classes at Art and Soul, which she has been doing since 7th grade. “Hopefully I’ll be able to get a job there over the summer,” she had mentioned. Leah loves the idea of interviewing and meeting new people. Though she is in 10th grade, Leah hopes to study interior design or acting when she gets to college. She has enjoyed the freedom that high school has given her in this short time. Her favorite classes are English and Theater. She prefers to work alone, but when it is needed she will gladly work in a group.  Leah loves to sing. She sings for her church and has been singing in musicals since 2nd grade. She loves movies as well. Of course, one of her favorite movies is The Fault in Our Stars, but she is also a big fan of the Hunger Games movies. Something Leah likes to do is take pieces of the movies she watches and incorporates them into her life. Whether that is painting her nails the main color of a book, or taking character personalities and incorporating them into her own.

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