Coty Sheme selected Student Artist of the Month

Lincoln High School graduate recognized for his involvement in the visual arts and music

Morgantown WV (June  2011) Coty Sheme, a 2011 graduate of Lincoln High School, Harrison County, is the June Student Artist of the Month.  The award is sponsored by the Appalachian Education Initiative and Chesapeake Energy. Sheme, who was nominated by his art teacher, Carolyn Light, is the son of Jody L. Romeo-Sheme of Shinnston, West Virginia. His profile is featured on the AEI website,

In school, Coty participated in many activities including singing the National Anthem for basketball games and playing on the Lincoln High tennis team.  He was President of the Art Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Leo Club, and the International Club Outside of school, Coty plays piano for his church.

He has had artwork displayed at the State Youth Art Month Exhibit in Charleston and was a featured artist at the Harrison County Art Month Exhibit in Clarksburg. 

This fall, Sheme will attend Fairmont State University with plans to major in Pre-Med and minor in Art.

To be nominated for the recognition for the 2011-2012 school year, a student must meet five criteria, according to Karas.  A student must:

  • Be a junior or senior attending a West Virginia public school,
  • Participate on an ongoing basis in a visual or performing arts program and have mastered that art or progressed in the field as a result of school-related activities,
  • Be in good academic standing,
  • Participate in other extracurricular or community activities that do not have to be arts related, and
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.


School personnel and community members may nominate students by completing the nomination form on the AEI web site,  Print copies of the nomination form are available by contacting Karas at or 304-225-010l. 


About AEI:

Since its inception in 2001, the Appalachian Education Initiative (AEI) has been dedicated to ensuring that quality arts education should be a central part of the education of every public school student in West Virginia.  AEI is the West Virginia affiliate of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. For more information, go to

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