Fairmont students lean towards hard work over talent

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Photo: Nyana Harper

Colin Cunningham working on his latest sketch in Art.

Fairmont students believe their success comes mostly from a base of talent but then working hard to further their inclination to succeed.

Fairmont IB junior, Kalliope Bessler, has been in advanced classes since third grade and said she attributes her success to the hard work she put in. “I would say 60 percent is hard work and 40 percent is talent for me,” Bessler said.

She realized she needed extra assistance last year in Mathematics when she started struggling. This has made her work even harder towards excelling in school.

Bessler also participates in multiple extra-curricular activities in and outside of school including the school plays, French Club, Thespian Troupe, Greek Folk Dance, and is Vice President of the Maids of Athena.

“Some days I get home at 9 p.m. and go to school at 7 a.m.,” Bessler said. This all could deter someone from school work but Bessler still powers through and works hard to keep up her grades.

Hard work not only shows results for scholars but transcends into athletics as well.

Ally Hesse is a sophomore tied for MVP in Varsity Tennis. “I’d say [success] is 51 percent hard work and 49 percent talent since some people have natural abilities,” Hesse said.

Hesse has played other sports and enjoyed them but never felt the same connection that she feels when playing tennis. She is also very dedicated to practice to improve herself so she can get the most out of her hard work.

“I try to work in extra practices and help others, and do off season,” Hesse said. “I play once a week during school year and at least three times a week in the summer.”

in Varsity Tennis. “I’d say it’s 51 percent hard work and 49 percent talent since some people have natural abilities,” Hesse said.

Hesse has played other sports and enjoyed them but never felt the same connection that she feels when playing tennis. She is also very dedicated to practice to improve herself so she can get the most out of her hard work.

“I try to work in extra practices and help others, and do off season,” Hesse said. “I play once a week during school year and at least three times a week in the summer.”

Dedication and constant practice reveals tremendous results in not only scholars and athletes but also in artists.

Senior and AP artist Colin Cunningham has put a great deal of effort and time to crafting his skills and techniques of his art. Cunningham has been seriously drawing since sixth grade but before that he says he would just doodle.

His hard work paid off when he won Best In Show for Drawing from the Ohio Art Education Association though he still continues to better himself every day.

Cunningham believes that he can also associate his success to 60% hard work to further his natural talents. “I draw everyday and have taken a lot of different art classes,” Cunningham said.  

While Cunningham says that he started out with some natural talents that helped him. “If you put forth enough effort, time, and motivation you can make the same strives and get the same results as me.” Cunningham said.