Young volunteers serve as ambassadors for Westobou Festival

Students will promote festival

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The 2012 Westobou Junior Board
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Westobou Junior Board members Sydney Thompson (second from left) and Mary Beth Lovering (right) share festival stickers with young people they met on First Friday in July. This Friday, board members will be spotted "chalking" the festival logo around downtown.  SPECIAL
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Westobou Junior Board members Sydney Thompson (second from left) and Mary Beth Lovering (right) share festival stickers with young people they met on First Friday in July. This Friday, board members will be spotted "chalking" the festival logo around downtown.

More than 70 children and teenagers wearing blue T-shirts will be everywhere downtown, helping with the Westobou Festival.

They will greet visitors at the gate. They will help people get through the food line. They will sell T-shirts made from recycled bottles.

They are members of the Westobou Junior Board, and between now and the festival’s opening event Oct. 3, they will be working hard to promote the arts festival.

“They promote it in different ways, because they’re all in different schools and different ages,” said Indee Few, the board’s adviser and organizer.

Fourteen schools are represented in the group, including John S. Davidson Fine Arts, Augusta Prep, Lakeside High School, North Augusta High School, Deer Chase Elementary School and Stallings Island Middle School.

In the weeks leading up to the Westobou Festival, the youth volunteers will promote the festival in their schools in a variety of ways.

Some will make announcements. Some will hang posters. Others will throw out T-shirts at a football game.

Still others will simply wear their own Westobou Festival T-shirt on dress-down day. There is always something to do to promote the festival, no matter how big or small, Few said.

“A sixth-grader may not be allowed to come work downtown, or their mom or dad may work, but they can do something. They can take a poster to school. They can announce it on the intercom at their school,” she said.

Volunteers meet once a month and although attendance is urged, it is not required.

The group formed about three years ago. At the time, there was a danger of schools losing arts programs, and this was a way to continue to expose youths to the arts and get them involved. The hope is that these volunteers will one day continue the festival, Few said.

Through their volunteerism, they will get to see and experience the variety of performances that they might not ordinarily get to see, which is the whole point of the festival anyway, Few said.

“Kids … that would never in a million years decide, ‘Maybe I’ll go to New York and see this act,’ they can actually see it and experience it here in Augusta. That was the main goal of Porter Fleming when he originally conceived the Westobou Festival,” Few said.

And, as “official greeters – hosts and hostesses for the city of Augusta” – they will meet people from all over, who will come to Augusta to attend the Westobou Festival.

Mollie Moses, a junior at Aquinas High School, said she learned about the board from Few, who is good friends with her mom.

Moses, Few’s daughter Emmakate, Ann Louisa Brewton and Beth Hardy have all been members since the beginning, and all are involved in other volunteering activities.

“I’m kind of like a volun­teer junkie because I do a lot of stuff with other groups,” said Emmakate, who is a freshman at Davidson. She and Brewton have earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

All four girls are involved in volunteer efforts in the community, at their churches and in their schools.

They said they volunteer because it instills pride in them for their city and because they enjoy it. But the benefits of a credit on their résumé have not been lost on them, either.

“It looks really nice to have the Junior Board on there for all four years of high school,” said Anna Louisa, who will be a senior at Augusta Prep this year.

For more information about the Westobou Junior Board or to apply to join, visit http://www.westoboufestival.com/.

2012 JUNIOR WESTOBOU BOARD

Academy of Richmond County
William Marks
Ivie Teston
Kathryn Harison
Elizabeth Harison
Caroline Nixon
Weston Bush

Aquinas High
Mary Beth Lovering
Alanna McArdle
Cara Joseph
Valerie Rose Vasquez
Julianne Bugg
Mollie Moses
Jane Douglas
Sarah Fain
Madison Rinker
Caroline Eaker
Morgan Davis
Lydia Purcell
Lawson House
Kinsi Hayes
Julia Blalock
Sydney Thompson

A.R. Johnson
Amber Toy

Augusta Prep
Anna Louisa Brewton
Charlotte McDonough
Herrington Murray
Grey Murray
Beka Childs
Helen Stallworth

Cross Creek
Brianna McClendon

Davidson Fine Arts
EmmaKate Few
Adelaide Bottomley
Elizabeth Chandler
Zachary Pareizs
Jillian Toole
Maya Rubio
Ellen Everitt
Caroline Wallace
Key Showman
Maya Gifford
Nadia Maith
JaQuaya Rowier
Michelyn Jenee Williams
Haley Lilly
Hunter Hall
Javona Swann
Lauren Powell
Nate Thompson
Stella Thompkins
Breanne Garren

Deer Chase Elementary
Britney McClendon

Episcopal Day School
Kacky Teston
William Morris
Palmer Bachelder
Alison Nesbit
Jack Monnig

Evans
Allie Youngsman
Amy Youngsman

Lakeside High
Beth Hardy
Abbi Bellmer

North Augusta
Carly Wolf
Caroline Waldrop

Spirit Creek
Britney McClendon

Stallings Island Middle
Lily Swanson
Piper Swanson

Westminster
AnnaLaura Cranford
John Schafer
Katie Stewart Schafer
William Schafer
Palmer Brigham

Westside High
Raley Wright
Callie Huggins
Anne Sutton Wright


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