60 Aspiring Artists Nominated for 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Wednesday Jan 31st, 2018


Blog > 60 Aspiring Artists Nominated for 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Congratulations to the nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for this high honor and the 60 candidates, representing 25 states and nine artistic disciplines, are all YoungArts winners. These students have been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their artistic achievements. 

The candidate applications will be reviewed by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which will ultimately select 20 high school seniors to be recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts for their academic and artistic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service and outreach initiatives, and overall creativity. In June, the 20 arts scholars will join the other 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the National Recognition Program. During the program, all scholars receive a Presidential Medallion presented on behalf of the President of the United States and participate in several recognition activities while in Washington, D.C. The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts will present their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a special exhibition curated by YoungArts Exhibition Manager Luisa Munera, and a performance directed by YoungArts alumnus and Theater National Selection Panelist Michael McElroy (1985 Winner in Theater).

“The National YoungArts Foundation is proud to partner with the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to acknowledge our nation’s most talented graduating high school seniors,” said Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts President and CEO. “These young leaders excel in everything that they do, from their artistry and inquisitiveness, to their academics and activism. YoungArts congratulates each of the nominees on their accomplishments, and we look forward to announcing the selected arts scholars this spring.”

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts nominees are:
 
Name School City, State School YoungArts Winner Year and Discipline
James Balo Miami, FL Design & Architecture Senior High School 2018, Visual Arts
Lillian Benkoil New York, NY Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music 2018, Cinematic Arts
William Brandt Los Angeles, CA Alexander Hamilton High 2017, Voice
Sydney Burtis Kissimmee, FL Homeschool 2017, Dance
Willem Butler Huntsville, AL Virgil I. Grissom High School 2018, Theater
Benjamin Champion Idyllwild, CA Idyllwild Arts Academy 2018, Classical Music
Perry Chen San Diego, CA Canyon Crest Academy 2018, Cinematic Arts
Aaron Choate Lexington, KY Lafayette Senior High School 2018, Dance
Natalie Choo Cincinnati, OH Seven Hills School 2018, Voice
Athena Chu Watertown, MA Buckingham Browne & Nichols School 2018, Writing
Gabriel Costache Interlochen, MI Interlochen Arts Academy 2018, Classical Music
Juliana Cuevas Lake Elsinore, CA Lakeside High School 2018, Theater
Zoe D'Andrea Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica High School 2018, Theater
Cyan D'Anjou Atlanta, GA The Westminster Schools 2018, Visual Arts
Sophia Dion Irwindale, CA Opportunities for Learning – Baldwin Park 2018, Voice
Audrey Emata West Chester, PA Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School 2018, Classical Music
Melissa Fernandez-Flores Miami, FL New World School of the Arts 2018, Visual Arts
Aidan Forster Greenville, SC South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities 2018, Writing
Isabella Franco Los Angeles, CA Marlborough School 2016, Dance
Nathan Ginter Interlochen, MI Interlochen Arts Academy 2018, Cinematic Arts
Jayden Goldberg Fort Worth, TX Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts 2018, Voice
Elena Gonzalez Miami, FL New World School of the Arts 2018, Theater
Ishmael Gonzalez Miami, FL New World School of the Arts 2018, Theater
Claire Griffin Brevard, NC Brevard Senior High School 2018, Voice
Vako Gvelesiani New York, NY Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 2018, Dance
Amal Haddad Kensington, MD Albert Einstein High School 2018, Visual Arts
Francisco Haye New York, NY Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 2018, Voice
Jacqueline He San Jose, CA Harker School 2017, Writing
Megan Hostetler West Palm Beach, FL Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts 2018, Visual Arts
David Hou Lincolnshire, IL Adlai E. Stevenson High School 2018, Classical Music
Christina Im Portland, OR Sunset High School 2017, Writing
Christopher Jensen Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts 2018, Theater
Taylor Kurtz Temecula, CA Great Oak High School 2016, Dance
Lauren Lam Lakeville, CT The Hotchkiss School 2018, Design Arts
Noah Lee Ramsey, NJ Don Bosco Preparatory High School 2017, Classical Music
Sanna Legan Santa Monica, CA New Roads School 2018, Visual Arts
Xavier Lightfoot Milwaukee, WI Pius XI High School 2018, Photography
Leanne Lin Miami, FL Design and Architecture Senior High School 2018, Design Arts
Anilee List Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts 2017, Voice
Claire Manning Boise, ID Boise High School 2018, Visual Arts
William McGregor West Chester, PA Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School 2018, Classical Music
Shreyah Mohanselvan Gahanna, OH Columbus Academy 2018, Dance
Perry Naseck Dallas, TX Saint Marks School of Texas 2018, Design Arts
Jackson Neal Sugar Land, TX Stephen F. Austin High School 2018, Writing
Oliver Neubauer New York, NY The Dalton School 2018, Classical Music
Brian Niles Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts 2018, Cinematic Arts
Liam Oh Winnetka, IL New Trier High School 2018, Theater
Ameya Okamoto Portland, OR Catlin Gabel School 2018, Visual Arts
Madelyn Paquette Sudbury, MA Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School 2017, Voice
Emir Price Dallas, TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts 2018, Theater
Julian Rhee Brookfield, WI Brookfield East High School 2018, Classical Music
David Sacks Stanford, CA Stanford Online High School 2017, Classical Music
Nicolas Savignon Albuquerque, NM Eldorado High School 2018, Writing
Christian Smith Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Academy of the Arts 2018, Dance
Frances Timberlake Cincinnati, OH School for Creative and Performing Arts 2018, Writing
Felipe Urrutia Coconut Grove, FL Ransom Everglades School 2018, Photography
Jace Weyant Winston Salem, NC University of North Carolina School of the Arts 2018, Dance
Liza Wimbish Midlothian, VA Midlothian High School 2018, Photography
Alisha Yi Las Vegas, NV Ed W. Clark High School
 
2017, Writing
Bianca Zhou San Ramon, CA Dougherty Valley High School 2018, Writing

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and details regarding the National Recognition Program will be announced in the coming months. For additional information, please visit: http://www.ed.gov/psp.