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HRA’s REACH program fuels student’s love of art

As one of the first cohort of HRA students to pursue a REACH diploma certification, senior Molly Rouzie chose the Visual Arts and Humanities area of focus. To complete the certification, she had to take at least six visual arts classes, two additional English courses beyond the graduation requirement, and one additional performing arts or social studies course beyond the graduation requirement. 
Additionally, the certification requires that students complete work in the field outside of school, which she did by attending the Virginia Residential Governors School in Visual Arts. Lastly, the student’s senior project must also relate to the focus of study. Here, Molly is pictured in front of a mural she painted in the middle school girls’ bathrooms as part of her senior project, which is a study of the intersection of art and low self-esteem in middle school girls.

“My passion for art compelled me to complete this certification,” said Molly. “The REACH program gave me direction and a structure for my course selection and art experiences.”

For more information on how your student can participate in outside internship and research opportunities, click here or please contact Karen Gillespie at or 884-9385 or Ben Rous at or 884-9389.