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Release Date: 1/22/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

5 BCPS students, alumni recognized as 2018 YoungArts winners

TOWSON, MD. - Five BCPS students and graduates, from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Milford Mill Academy, and Towson High School, are among the 2018 YoungArts Winners announced by The National YoungArts Foundation.

Selected from the most competitive pool of applicants to date, 757 young artists from 47 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 and graduates are:

Finalists, Visual Arts

  • Julia Anneliese Gould, of Towson, a 2017 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, now a freshman at Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Flynn Robert Walkinshaw, of Baltimore, a 2017 graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, now a freshman at Maryland Institute College of Art

  • Finalist, Writing: Short Story
  • Rachel McCarron St. Ours, of Owings Mills, a Grade 12 student at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

  • Honorable Mention, Classical Music (Instrumental): Bassoon
  • Vincent Igusa, of Towson, a Grade 11 student at Towson High School

  • Merit, Popular Voice
  • Chaela Michon Harris, of Catonsville, a Grade 12 student at Milford Mill Academy

Finalists were eligible to participate in the 17th Annual National YoungArts Week, held in Miami, January 7 - 14, and all three BCPS-affiliated Finalists - Gould, St. Ours, and Walkinshaw - took advantage of that opportunity. During the free, weeklong intensive, artists participated in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Throughout the week, Finalists' work was further adjudicated to determine additional award levels. Winners are eligible for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Each evening, audiences experienced 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 20 - 25), YoungArts Los Angeles (March 24 - 29), and YoungArts New York (April 24 - 29). 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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