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PCA Celebrates 23 Outstanding Youths with 19th Annual Rising Star Awards
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Submitted Press Release | Piedmont Council for the Arts | Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

PIEDMONT COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS CELEBRATES WITH 19th ANNUAL RISING STAR AWARDS 23 OUTSTANDING YOUTHS

The nineteenth annual Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards will celebrate brilliant young artists from private and public high schools throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, starting at 5:30pm at CitySpace (100 5th Street NE) on the downtown mall. Everyone is invited to honor these young people’s outstanding achievements, and the evening will feature performances by a number of the participants.

“Rising Stars is one of the signature programs of Piedmont Council for the Arts,” said PCA Executive Director Gram Slaton. “There is no program like it anywhere else in central Virginia.

These high school seniors and a few juniors represent some of the most honored students in the Commonwealth, and many of them have participated in Governor’s School; professional musical, dance, or acting companies; or even broadcast television. Our kids are unlike any other, and it’s a privilege to be able to offer them this evening of celebration.”

Ninteen young artists are selected by teachers in their schools for the nominations, augmented by four nominees from arts organizations with a commitment to education. The 2015 honorees include, in alphabetical order by school:

  • From Albemarle High School: Kathy DeLoria, Emmet Haden, and Pingyi Zhu
  • From Charlottesville High School: Micah Hunter ­Chang, Emma Kane, and Saoirse Lee
  • From The Covenant School: Aliece Carney and Charlotte Hendrix
  • From Monticello High School: Ny­Jhee Tyrique Jones, Sydney Nicholson, Taylor Thompson
  • From Murray High School: Tristan Johnson
  • From St Anne’s ­ Belfield: Alfred Bardwell­ Evans, Berkeley Hoerr, and Kayli Wren
  • From Western Albemarle High School: Laura Grice, Alex Kingsley, and Julia Klein
  • Sponsored by Charlottesville Ballet: Kate Kayton
  • Sponsored by Light House Studio: Elizabeth Culbertson
  • Sponsored by Tupelo Press: Olivia Vande Woude
  • And sponsored by Piedmont Council for the Arts: Obed Restituyo Perez

The Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards are named after the much­beloved professor of drama from the University of Virginia and former PCA board member who devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people.

Since 1979, Piedmont Council for the Arts has served as the designated arts agency for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Piedmont Council for the Arts catalyzes collaboration among artists, arts organizations, and government entities to stimulate creative expression, promote cultural tourism, and advance the effective management and celebration of Central Virginia’s richly diverse cultural heritage.

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