The real test of a high school education is how it plays out afterward. CAN graduates are successful, hardworking, and are making contributions in diverse fields. Here are just a few of the many paths taken by Concept Alumni.

Alumni Spotlight
(Week of June 27, 2016)

Evangeline List

Evangeline List is an alumna of Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School, Class of 2011. Evangeline graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2015.

Briefly describe your career path.
As a graduate from an art college, with my Bachelors in Illustration, this is always a fun question. People always wonder what it is that I’ll “do” with this degree. For me, my career is not even completely set it stone. I do online volunteer community work and I do commissions; I inspire those I help at my work. I keep myself busy with my community work and commissions, knowing that with the more art that I do, the farther I will get.
What are you passionate about in your work/school?
In everything I do, I love explaining my methods. What it is I do, how I do it. I specialize in fantasy anatomical illustrations – I do musculoskeletal reconstructions of things that do not exist. While I do these, I often teach the online community that I volunteer in about the various parts of the body, how they correlate with creatures that do exist. When doing my watercolor work, I enjoy showing all the different methods of working with the media. I also do costuming as a hobby and I have a keen eye for color; at work, I can help customers pick good fabrics in the way of texture and drape and color.
Where is your career headed?
-laughs- I know about as much as this as I could describe it earlier. I leave things up to… how they are. If it happens, it happens. Right now, I am about to teach watercolor classes at the store I work in. I am doing more commission work, and I am getting more of it online for others to see and know of it.
How has your Concept Schools (CMSA) experience helped shape your success?
Thanks to HSA, I am used to just about anything. It has made me resilient. The opportunity given to me to take an AP Art class and focus on my artwork ensured my entry to CCAD on scholarship.
How are you a game changer?
I use my boundless enthusiasm for what I do to inspire others. The amount of enjoyment I show for just about everything I do helps others become inspired in pursuing their own ideas. My knowledge on anatomy brings those with questions, and those with questions enjoy the quick teachings I give.
What is the most amazing or interesting thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
Graduating what, high school or college? -laughs- Everything about college was interesting, and during that time the most amazing thing was getting both a job and getting several high-paying commissions. Since college, the most interesting was getting my very own place with my best friend, a lovely little townhouse that we live in with two cats. I guess graduating college itself was quite the event… there’s simply been a lot that’s happened!
Your favorite high school memory?
Seeing Mrs. Edwards, my art teacher’s, reaction to my getting into CCAD, and then her other reaction when I got the scholarship. Pretty sure she hung all of that up on her desk, she was so proud of me.
How do you support and participate in the Concept Alumni?
When I manage to get the time, I go up to visit the teachers I remember that are still there. One year I went to showcase CCAD at the college fair, knowing that kids interested in the arts need as much of a push as they can possibly obtain.

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