This week, 166 of the nation's most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts will converge in Miami, Fla., for the 36th Annual National YoungArts Week. These students were chosen as finalists in the YoungArts Competition held in November. South Carolina had six finalists, and five of them are from high schools in the Upstate.
Amber Magnuson, from the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, is a finalist in the Poetry category. Jessica McCallum, from D.W. Daniel High School in Central, is a finalist in the Cinematic Arts category. Samuel Gee and Jamiya Leach are finalists in the Creative Non-Fiction category and are seniors at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) in Greenville, and Cam'Ron Stewart, also from the Governor's School, is a finalist in the Spoken Theater category.
During National YoungArts Week, students take master classes and workshops from internationally-recognized professionals and compete for higher honors, while enhancing their artistic development.
In total, South Carolina had 13 winners, including six finalists. While only the finalists participate in YoungArts Week, all competition winners, 691 total, 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 to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts.
"The YoungArts Competition is one of the most competitive opportunities in the nation for students exhibiting artistic and academic excellence, with over eight thousand submissions from 42 states," said Dr. Cedric Adderley, SCGSAH president. "We're very proud that eight of those students came from the Governor's School, as this is an esteemed accomplishment for our students, our schools and our state."
Pictured left to right: Samuel Gee, Jessica McCallum, Amber Magnusum, Jamiya Leach, and Cam'Ron Stewart. The Upstate's five YoungArts Competition finalists at the ATL airport on their way to National YoungArts Week in Miami, Fla.