BEST OF: Performing Arts students receive top honors


Editor’s note: During Dallas ISD’s Winter Break, The Hub will take a look back at some of the best and most popular stories. This story was originally published on Dec. 3, 2014.

Fourteen students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts have been named winners in the 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Competition. This year, there were roughly 800 winners chosen from more than 7,500 submit applicants.

The 2015 YoungArts winners are:

Omar Rivera Merit Choreography
Omar Rivera Merit Modern
Kaylin Sturtevant Merit Modern
Jordan Willis Merit Modern
Sam Schwall Merit Jazz-Trumpet
Carson Wright Honorable Mention Spoken Theater
Sydney Shreve Merit Visual Arts
Byron Otis Merit Visual Arts
Sophia Anthony Merit Visual Arts
Sydney Connor Merit Visual Arts
Margaret Mickelsen Merit Visual Arts
Imani Williams Honorable Mention Jazz Voice
Madison Russell Finalist Jazz Voice
Joan Milburn Merit Play or Script for Film or Video

YoungArts identifies and nurtures emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Winners in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing are provided once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition.

Recognition Levels
Merit: Receive a Certificate of Achievement, a medallion, a recommendation letter and are invited to participate in regional programs. The winner’s high school also receives an engraved plaque with the names of every winner from that school.

Honorable Mention: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus a $250 monetary award.

Finalist: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus an invitation to National YoungArts Week held in January for final adjudication to determine award designation (Level 3 – $1,000, Level 2 – $1,500, Level 1 – $3,000, Silver – $5,000, Gold – $10,000).


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