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Juneau Arts & Humanities awards $14,000 in scholarships

Posted: May 16, 2012 - 11:06pm

The Board of Trustees of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the award of 28 scholarships to local students and alumni:

Alan Young, tubist and graduating Juneau Douglas High School senior, was awarded the Jane Steward Memorial Scholarship for Best Overall Musician, and received an award from the Juneau Symphony for his accomplishments as an orchestral musician.

The Juneau Symphony award also went to Ethan Seid, violin, and David Miller, violin, for their accomplishments as orchestral musicians.

Elizabeth Streeter-Zenk, Thunder Mountain High School graduating senior, received the Myra Howe Award for Fine Arts and an Advanced Art Achievement Award for her work as a visual artist.

Megan Strangeland, University of Alaska student, received the Mac Behrends Creative Writing Award, for her work, published in this year’s Tidal Echoes.

The following students received an Advanced Art Achievement Award, presented to exceptional young artists who are graduating from high school or enrolled as college students to help them continue their artistic studies:

• Megan Bush, entering graduate school for Creative Writing;

• Elaine Dawson, Thunder Mountain High School graduating senior, for her studies in digital art;

Fine Arts Scholarships, awarded to students from grade 7 through high school who show exceptional talent and dedication to their art:

• Elias Antaya, violin

• Henry Cheng, violin

• Kiera Clark, painting

• Michael Conneen, violin

• Misha Culver, dance

• Chantel Eckland, guitar

• Brita Fagerstrom, drama

• David Miller, violin

• Carraig New, bagpipes,

• Maire New, dance

• Padraig New, film

• Robert Newman, violin

• Abby Olsen, violin

• Anouk Otsea, dance

• Ethan Seid, violin

• Esra Siddeek, viola

• Marissa Truitt, dance

• Eliza Walker, ceramics

To be selected for these merit-based scholarships, students must apply and then audition before a panel of judges. The auditions, held this year at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on April 25, are open to the public.

The Council also provided five scholarships for local students to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. These students are Lillian Barnes, Magen Boegil, Abigail Hoy, Michael Matthews and Serena Ray Partlow.

Funding for the scholarships is made possible by the proceeds from the annual Wearable Art Extravaganza as well as designated gifts from many local donors.

For more information, call 586-2787.

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