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Release Date: 12/4/2018
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8 BCPS students, alumni recognized as 2019 YoungArts winners

TOWSON, MD. – Eight BCPS students and graduates, from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Towson High School, are among the 2019 YoungArts Winners announced by The National YoungArts Foundation.

Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, 710 young artists from 44 states were honored for their outstanding work in literary, visual, design and performing arts. Each YoungArts winner is designated as a finalist, honorable mention, or merit winner through a blind adjudication process by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists.

The honored BCPS students are:

Finalist, Classical Music (Instrumental): Bassoon

  • Vincent Igusa, of Towson, a Grade 12 student at Towson High

Finalist, Writing: Spoken Word

  • Maren Lovey Wright-Kerr, of Windsor Mill, a Grade 12 student at Carver Center

Honorable Mentions, Visual Arts

  • Kaya Abramson, of Reisterstown, a Grade 12 student at Carver Center
  • Omega Williams, of Windsor Mill, a 2018 graduate of Carver Center, now attending the Community College of Baltimore County

Merit Awards, Visual Arts

  • Lydia Ethem, of Parkville, a Grade 12 student at Carver Center
  • Mikaylah Harty, of Essex, a 2018 graduate of Carver Center, now attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Alexis Paige, of Windsor Mill, a 2018 graduate of Carver Center, now attending Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kaden Swank, of Parkton, a Grade 12 student at Carver Center

Finalists are eligible to participate in the 38th Annual National YoungArts Week, held in Miami, January 6 – 11, 2019. During the weeklong intensive, artists participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Throughout the week, Finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Winners are eligible for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Each evening, audiences will experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings, writers’ readings, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition.

Finalists also are eligible for nomination to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars. As the sole nominating agency, YoungArts selects 60 Finalists each year, 20 of whom are selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for a graduating high school senior.

All winners are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami (February 19 – 24, 2019), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 26 – 31, 2019), and YoungArts New York (April 23 – 28, 2019). At these regional programs, YoungArts winners have the opportunity to work with masters in their fields and to present their work through public exhibitions and performances.

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