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Fine Arts Student of Week

Brainerd High School senior Harvey Chamberlin smiles while showing a fish mount

Adviser nomination: “Harvey is a talented young man, and he has proven himself to be a very competent carver. When he enrolled in my decoy design class two years ago, I knew right away that he was going to excel. Not only have I watched him grow as an artist, I have watched him mature into a fine young man. He will be truly missed here at BHS.”

Artist most admired: Bob Ross, an American painter.

Memorable fine arts achievement: Being named Student of the Semester in 2012-13.

Tell me about the decoy you made “We made three decoys in the first semester. One of them had to be a competition fish and be very detailed.”

How much time did you spend on competition fish? Did you use it to see if it works: “I spent most of the semester working on it. It is a brook trout fish decoy. It swims really good.

“The competition (John Jensen Nationals) is coming up (April 5-6) in Perham and there are six different fish categories.”

What do you like about carving: “I like working with my hands. I like the thought that we take a block of wood and make it into something that swims in the water, something that we can use it to fish with.”

Most proudest decoy: “My most proudest work, wouldn’t be a decoy, but a fish mount that I made. It’s a log on a podium with rocks with a sunfish and a bunch of minnows. I made it during second semester of my sophomore year and finished it at the end of my junior year. It was two semesters of work. It turned out really good.”

Other art interests: “I also doodle a little bit and I also do a lot of snow carving.”

Best snow activity: “Snowboarding. I go snowboarding a lot at Ski Gull.”

Favorite TV show: “Walking Dead.”

Pet peeve: “When people repeatedly click their pens.”

Favorite movie: “Shrek.”

Favorite band: Florida Georgia Line.

Other activities/clubs: Snowboarding, lacrosse and fishing.

What do you eat for breakfast: “I usually eat the school breakfast. On the weekends a typical breakfast is eggs, bacon and toast.”

Parents: Audra and Jim Chamberlin of Deerwood.

Honorable Mention: Lily Rice, junior, Brainonian: “Lily has been doing an outstanding job to gather information and pictures both during and outside of school. She has put a lot of extra time and effort into our yearbook.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

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