IDEAS Academy Student Offered Scholarship for Summer Program
A school field trip really paid off for IDEAS Academy junior Jacob
Olmedo. Thanks to connections he made that day, he has an opportunity to
get invaluable work experience and pre-college credits this summer.
Jacob was one of ten IDEAS students who took part in last fall’s
National Portfolio Day at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Interested in fashion design, Jacob shared his portfolio and met with
representatives from several prestigious art schools. He was
particularly interested in the Art Institute of Chicago and the
California College for the Arts. The latter offered him a scholarship
for its pre-college summer program.
Since attending Portfolio Day, Jacob has remained in close contact with
representatives from both schools and is in the process of completing
applications for the summer programs at each. “The portfolio deadlines
for both are in March, so I’m guessing that I should hear back from them
in April,” Jacob said.
While some high-school students might not want to give up part of their
summer for a program at college, Jacob is grateful for the opportunity
to do just that. He’s never been one to shy away from something others
may view as a challenge. As a sophomore at Etude, he opted to give his
Showcase presentation to the public at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
versus the Etude community. Jacob said he felt it was important to
present at the arts center to share his talent and to expand his
audience. That project and others now comprise his portfolio, which is
already opening doors to his future.
Jacob, 17, has been interested in fashion since he watched his first
episode of “Project Runway.” “I know that’s how a lot of others got
started,” he said, “but to see designers try and make a masterpiece in
hours/days makes me want to make something. It’s so inspiring! And to
then look at videos of runway shows from New York Fashion Week, it just
makes me want to make a collection and have people see it and wear it.”
This budding designer has been sewing since middle school, but his
design work began last year as a sophomore. He’s accomplished a lot in
the past year. "I feel like I haven’t really made much, but looking back
on it, I have,” Jacob reflected. “I made a red polka dot dress, just
for fun. I also made a peacock dress and a red glitter diamond dress for
the North/South musical ‘Aida.’ I made a red coat for an Etude project.
I made three corsets for the North/South production of ‘Les
Miserables.’ I made two prom dresses. I made three dresses out of paper
for my first IDEAS project. I’m dressing seven characters for the North
production of ‘The Primary English Class.’ I’m also working on my next
IDEAS project, making five outfits on 9-11 and how the towers fell.”
His parents, Luis and Faith Olmedo, are very supportive of Jacob
following his dreams. “They think it’s good to have me do something I
love doing,” he said. “I love my parents for supporting me in what I
want to do in life.”
After graduating from IDEAS, Jacob plans to go to college and get an
internship in the fashion industry. At this point, he’s leaning toward
the Art Institute of Chicago because it’s a great school and still close
enough that he could come home for visits.
Jacob says he’s inspired by Oscar de la Renta “because looking at his
story of coming from nothing and making it big, it kinda gives me a
feeling like maybe I could follow my dreams and be successful.”
Someday Jacob would like to work with Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. Of
course, he’d also like to have his own clothing line. “I just want to
make beautiful clothes,” he shared.
One of Jacob’s favorite quotations is from Ralph Lauren: “I don’t design
clothes. I design dreams.” This IDEAS junior is doing both.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
February 7, 2012