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Advice to prospective CAPA students: ‘Put yourself out there’

Put yourself out there. Don’t be nervous. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t ever think that you shouldn’t audition, just because there’s a chance that you won’t get in.

That’s solid advice from people who know. They’ve been through the audition process for the RPS Creative and Performing Arts program at Auburn High School. Auburn student Ben Bear produced a video earlier this year that perfectly illustrates the CAPA program at Auburn: See it here. CAPA video

A link to that video appeared in an Illinois Association for Gifted Children email newsletter. Leslie Arbetman, art teacher at Auburn, said Ben produced the video for his AP Studio Art class.

One student is heard in the video: “If you have a passion, they’ll let you run with it. They give you trust and responsibility that you will be able to take care of the task.”

The middle school component of the comprehensive arts education program is housed at West Middle School, and auditions are at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at West, 1900 N. Rockton Ave.

Learn more about the CAPA program, and check out the video with students who know the value that CAPA adds to their education.

Cathy Bayer is a communications specialist for the Rockford Public Schools.

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