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North Cedar's Samantha Paup passionate about art - and chickens

HS journalism: Hard-working senior helps get ordinance change in Clarence

(The Gazette)
(The Gazette)

CLARENCE — Samantha Paup, a senior at North Cedar, is involved in art, the musical and play.

She also raises chickens.

Paup has been on a long journey trying to get into an art school and has been working extremely hard on her portfolio to show to the different art schools.

Paup recently went to Chicago with her grandparents to visit with an art institute representative and a representative from Ringling, an art institution in Florida.

She has done many different pieces with drawing and painting. The representative from Ringling really liked Paup’s drawings and gave her some pointers on what she should focus on, like drawing more hands and human figures. A representative from an art institute also liked painting, which she found odd and cool because the two people liked completely opposite sides of her work, telling her to focus on getting more weird with the art and more abstract.

Paup wants people to know getting into an art school may seem easy, but it actually takes a lot of time and effort. It’s also very stressful because these people were basically judging her work to see if she’s good enough to get into the school.

Aside from Paup’s art, she is also passionate about chickens. This past summer, she worked very hard to get an ordinance changed in Clarence so chickens can be allowed to live in town.

Paup and few other students at North Cedar really enjoy the company of chickens and wanted to keep them in town. Clarence had an ordinance that states chickens aren’t allowed to live in town.

Paup and a few others went to a city meeting and requested chickens be allowed to live in town. The process was not simple. Paup, Shane Weber and Cory Cox went to the next town meeting, where council members reviewed the ordinance. The students learned a new ordinance had to be written in print and in a final meeting there would be a vote. For the ordinance to pass, it needs three votes of yes.

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Paup and the others got those yes votes. She worked hard to get that ordinance changed because she didn’t want to get rid of her chickens and now anyone who lives in Clarence can have chickens as long as they follow the rules and regulations along with taking a class on chicken safety.

Hard work best describes Paup. Teachers and friends agree when she tackles a job she is passionate about, she gets things done, whether its drawing, painting, acting or insuring her chickens could remain in town.

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