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Brainerd High School senior Matt Pohlkamp Monday worked on one of his pottery pr

Fine arts student of the week

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entertainment Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Year: Senior.

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Age: 18.

Art focus: Pottery II.

Adviser nomination: Art advisers said, “Matt’s determination and dedication to Pottery II has been very noticeable. He has become a very accomplished potter over the past few months. He is a polite and courteous young man and an inspiration to his peers.

“Matt approaches all endeavors with an intense focus on quality whether relating to sports, academics or art.”

What do you like about pottery: “I like using my hands to build cool stuff. I also like the glazing part of it that makes the cool colors. I took pottery at Forestview Middle School and I really got into it.”

Proudest art piece: “I made a dragon a month into the school year. It took me a month to make it. The criteria was to make a creature out of three different pots on the pottery wheel.”

Most challenging when doing pottery: “Making something tall and making sure the art piece is centered.”

Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being named Fine Arts Student of the Week.

Artist most admired: Shane Medin, a former Brainerd High School graduate and “He used to sub in pottery and he made some pretty cool stuff.”

What do you want for Christmas: “New hockey gear.”

Biggest accomplishment in 2011: “Committing to a college. I plan to go to Bowling Green College in Ohio to play hockey. My major is undecided.”

Favorite hockey team: Pittsburgh Penguins.

Favorite movie: The Twilight saga.

Favorite TV series: “Pawn Stars.”

Favorite song: “Drop the World.”

Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings.

Extracurricular activities: Hockey, golf and National Honor Society.

Parents: Joe and Mary Pohlkamp of Baxter.

— Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer

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