Six Fine Arts Center Students won awards in the YoungArts National Competition

The YoungArts National Competition — an annual competition for students between 15 and 18 years of age — awards highschool students in 10 disciplines.

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Hey Alexa, play “We are the Champions.” Six students from the Fine Arts Center (FAC) won awards in the YoungArts National Competition. This annual competition is for students aged 15 to 18 and awards are given in 10 disciplines (think: dance, voice, visual arts).

Of the ~700 students chosen, the FAC winners in Greenville are (in alphabetical order):

  • Emily Allison – Writing/Poetry
  • William Armstrong – Jazz/Piano
  • Blake Slaughter – Jazz/Guitar
  • Sun Clark – Writing/Spoken Word
  • Brady Green – Musical Theatre
  • Leah Rutherford – Voice/Jazz

These winners will receive $250.
Vee Popat, Director of the Fine Arts Center, said these awards are a “testament to the hard work that these fantastic students have put in” and FAC is “so proud of the achievement of our students.”

Additionally, Clark, Green + Rutherford were invited to participate in National YoungArts Week in January, (after having also received the YoungArts Award with Distinction), where they will have the opportunity to win ~$10,000 in cash awards.

Congratulations to all the winners. We’re proud of you.

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