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An artist in creation – Heather Mann of EVHS

Cindy Ramunno
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyHeather Mann appreciates having art in her life.
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“God is with me wherever I go, and there is no problem that he can’t handle.”

That’s what Heather Mann ” a senior at Eagle Valley High School ” has heard from her parents, Todd and Wendy Mann, her entire life. They also taught Mann that a smile can brighten someone else’s day and in return brighten her day.

Mann has been a decorated athlete for EVHS on the basketball and track teams. She’s also been in Leo, Link Crew, and DADD (Devils Against Drinking and Drugs).

And she has a hidden talent many don’t know about: art.

Mann has taken art classes from Sue March ” a teacher at Eagle Valley High School ” for the past seven years (March was at Eagle Valley Middle School before she moved on to the high school).

Mann helped design and decorate for homecomings, proms and play events.

“I’ve loved to draw for a long as I can remember, Mann says. “Miss March has a lot to do with helping me explore my curiosity in art.” Mann also credits an artist friend from Alaska, Heidi Hahn, as a great mentor. Having support from friends and her family has also helped her stick with her art.

Mann is interested in pursuing a future career in landscape architecture, although she’s attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins in fall with an undeclared major.

“I also plan to walk onto the track team,” she says.

“I have had Heather since the sixth grade, it’s so nice for me to see a talented student like her grow so much,” says March. “She has really shown tremendous growth. She is so easy to teach, she loves to learn and is very open to critique and opinions of others, which shows her maturity. She is one of the kindest, big-hearted students I have ever had. I always tell her, she needs to remember her favorite art teacher when she’s rich and famous,” March says with a laugh.

Mann says she enjoys all media, but particularly likes water color.

“The more I learn, the more I enjoy it,” she says.

This summer, Mann will be immersed in creative undertakings, working for a landscape company and helping artist Carmel Walden with festivals and events. Mann says she will miss the people at EVHS and her family and friends.

“I’ll also miss this amazing community and the outdoors,” she says.

Mann advises younger students ” including her younger sister Jamie ” to “be yourself because that’s who everyone wants to get to know. Get involved, you’ll meet new people, get great new experiences and find new opportunities. Most of all, make your high school experience one worth remembering.”

Mann says some of her fondest memories of high school include the track state and regional competitions and basketball, proms and homecoming.

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