Teen of the Week: Shaver drawing a bright future
RAVENSWOOD — Ravenswood High School junior Jacie Shaver has an eye for detail and the talent to back it up.
The aspiring artist says her love of art began several years ago, and she’s worked hard to perfect her craft.
“I’ve been into art since I was 10. I like it a lot,” she said. “I mainly do drawings with charcoal. I just started painting recently.”
Shaver’s talent is plain to see. She’s entered numerous art competitions, receiving four first-place awards, two second-place awards and a third-place award. She also won a $1,000 Charles Schulz scholarship, named after the famed creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip.
Shaver said she hopes to use that talent in law enforcement as a police sketch artist.
“I always wanted to be a cop, but knew that wasn’t really possible,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do something with art, too, and I thought this would be a great way to combine the two.”
In addition to art, Shaver loves music and plays the piano. She also plays soccer and loves to socialize. She’s active with Inspire, a school-based club that encourages high school seniors to register to vote, and her local church youth group.
Shaver names her friends and Jesus among those who inspire her, and gives credit to her art instructors Gerry Enrico and Sassa Wilks for helping her with her art.
“They are really good artists,” Shaver said.
She also said her parents, especially her father, have been very supportive.
“He’s kind of like my advertising agent,” Shaver said.
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