1/25/18 - Greenville students recognized in national YoungArts competition

Each year the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) holds one of the largest student art competitions highlighting promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts from around the country. This year, over 7,500 students auditioned from 47 states, and nine Greenville high school students, including four finalists, placed among the 757 winnersóthe top 10 percent of students who auditioned.

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities had six students who placed, including Zane Austill, Writing Finalist in the Short Story category; Aidan Forster, Writing Finalist in Creative Non-Fiction and Honorable Mention in Poetry; Kevin Hopkins, Visual Arts Finalist; Charlotte Shuler, Writing Finalist in Creative Non-fiction; Kyle Tolbert, Voice Merit in Singer-Songwriter; and Emma Sargent, Visual Arts Merit.

The Fine Arts Center had three students who placed, including Anna Burkhardt, Visual Arts Merit; Samuele Parrini, Classical Music Merit in Violin; and Rachel Yi, Classical Music Merit in Violin.

The finalists had the opportunity to attend the 37th National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida in January, where they participated in master classes and workshops from internationally-recognized professionals and competed for higher honors.

All YoungArts winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to participate in YoungArts' regional programs as well as nominations as a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts.

"YoungArts congratulates all of the 2018 winners. This extraordinary group of young artists represents the vibrancy of our culture for years to come and we look forward to supporting and encouraging them at key junctures in their careers," stated Carolina GarcŪa Jayaram, YoungArts President and CEO. "I applaud all of our extraordinary panelists in making this year's selection, one of the most competitive in YoungArts' history."