Artist of the day: Caleb Oosterling
Caleb Oosterling was already a prolific musician, performing violin in Wiregrass Ranch High School's orchestra program. But his latest contribution to the school's arts came as a director.
In May, Oosterling wrote a song, then directed a video for it, that won the school $5,000 for the Florida School Board Association's "What's Super About Public Schools" video contest. You can see the award-winning video above.
"I started off by taking a piece I had been composing and I put words to it," said Caleb. "I just compared it to my own experiences of private school," Caleb said of the writing process for his song and script. "I went to private school for three years and I've been in public school for five years, so I knew the differences; the constrictions of things like school uniforms and closed-toe shoes; the fact the public schools usually have more clubs; and the (public school) teachers all have to have college degrees. There are still things I liked about private school — that it's small and everyone knows each other — but there's things I wouldn't have been able to do there, like drama and playing in the orchestra."
For more on Caleb Oosterling, click here for Michele Miller's story.