St. Anthony High School Students, Nelson Lewandowski and Megan Anderson, Find Balance Through Art

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St. Anthony High School outstanding art students Nelson Lewandowski and Megan Anderson

St. Anthony High School outstanding art students Nelson Lewandowski and Megan Anderson

St. Anthony High School has two outstanding art students who have been recognized in the media. Long Beach 908 Magazine honored Nelson Lewandowski for his emotional use of art as an escape and a way to balance his life, and Megan Anderson who uses art to balance her involvement with the Long Beach Junior Crew team.

Lewandowski, a Long Beach native, is a senior at St. Anthony. He has many responsibilities in his life and finds his own unique way to cope with them. As the oldest son, he lives with his parents and his three little sisters, two of which have Down Syndrome. Nelson’s mother has her own story, as she was an escapee from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. With all of this in his life, Nelson finds balance through his art.

Before high school, Nelson attended Lakewood Christian where his favorite class was woodshop. St. Anthony’s curriculum is college preparatory, thus art is the closest thing to woodshop offered, and he has grown to love it, taking full advantage of its active, soothing qualities.

Nelson Lewandowski's artwork

Nelson Lewandowski’s artwork

“I have loved my time at St. Anthony’s and have developed friendships that have helped me in so many ways. My friends at school are also family to me,” says Nelson. He is President of the Anime Club, one of the largest clubs on campus, and has been involved in the St. Anthony Marching Band all four years. He plans to attend Long Beach City College next year, which is very near his home, enabling him to continue helping his family at home.

Megan Anderson’s first art course was just this year at St. Anthony High School, but she already loves it, “…more than traditional homework,” says Megan. When it comes to her artwork, she is a self-described perfectionist, especially when working with outlines and paintings.

Koi by Megan Anderson

Koi by Megan Anderson

The St. Anthony senior was a member of the Long Beach Junior Crew Team for the last four years, a team that recently won a national championship. She will be attending SMU in Texas next year with a full scholarship for rowing. Her rowing specialty is the “engine room” which sits in the middle and creates all the power for the boat. Megan plans to study political science at SMU and hopes to keep releasing all her energy from rowing through art as a hobby.

For more information about St. Anthony High School, visit their website: or call the Alumni Affairs & Public Relations Office at (562) 435-4496, Ext. 1229. St. Anthony High School, a coed College Preparatory High School, is located at 620 Olive Avenue near downtown Long Beach.

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