The President's Alumni Award is bestowed on an accomplished graduate from SCGSAH who has shown a commitment to the arts and artistic achievement, while embodying the school's key values. This includes continuing to cultivate a personal responsibility for intellectual growth, maintaining a keen intellectual curiosity about the world, and evolving positively as a thinker and artist, while also contributing in positive ways to the community. The award is determined by a presidential nomination, and presented at the Artists in Bloom event each spring.
Barry Brannum, 2017 President's Alumni Award Recipient
Brannum attended Richland Northeast High School before getting accepted into the Governor's School's residential high school dance program. "This was my first foray into modern and contemporary dance. I was able to hone my commitments to classical and modern techniques, while experimenting in choreography," said Brannum, who contributed an original piece to each dance department showcase while in attendance.
After graduating in 2009, Brannum attended Princeton University, receiving an honors degree in English and a certificate in Dance. He was an active member and officer in the Princeton University Ballet and FUSE, an experimental dance collective. Brannon was awarded the department's Outstanding Thesis Award in 2013.
Currently, Brannum is a PhD student in UCLA's World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department where his work investigates representations of African-American respectability politics in the realm straddling popular culture and concert dance. He is also a teaching associate for the department and a dance instructor at the UCLA Performing Arts Summer Institute. "I'm fortunate enough to have continued spending almost equal time in both the studio and the classroom," said Brannum.
Previous Award Winners
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