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Scholarships for Talented Students

By Shirley McCracken, 2012-06-28

The Anaheim Arts Council Scholarship Committee presented three candidates for $1,000 Violet Wheeler Scholarships at their June 7th General Meeting.

Joshua D. Youngs, a junior at California Institute of the Arts, is the recipient of the Violet Wheeler college scholarship.

Joshua plans to graduate in 2013 with a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography. He plans to audition for Cirque de Soliel, Disneyland and cruise ship lines. Hopefully, local theater auditions and auditions for NY shows will be available.

The scholarship will be used to replace the numerous and expensive dance shoes he uses each year and the costumes needed for his solo pieces.
Two multi-talented young women are recipients of the Violet Wheeler high school scholarships.

Katherine Dayton, a Loara High School student, is a multi-talented young woman who plays piano and guitar ,sings as a soloist and a participant in concert choir and with chamber singers. She is a composer who has a few record labels to her credit, and has filmed a several music videos. Katherine is an honors student with a 4.04 GPA and is planning to attend Belmont University, Nashville, TN to major in songwriting.

The scholarship will be used to assist with her education in the arts at Belmont university.

Renee Rufino Sampang is a seventeen year old student at Anaheim High School who is a talented actress, writer, critic, collaborator, team player and AP student. Renee has a 3.96 GPA and plans to attend Pace University and major in theater arts. Leadership roles in the Anaheim Performing Arts Academy (APAC) and CAPPIES and Puente demonstrate her amazing versatility. Renee is considering a minor in creative writing.

The scholarship will help toward the expenses of the expensive theater arts program at Pace

The scholarship committee decided that Jennifer Marie Ledesma, a student at Magnolia High School, deserved recognition and contributed the funds for a $300 special award. Jennifer is a talented vocalist, musician, actress, and dancer. Involved in school and community, an AP student with a passion for performing, Jennifer is determined to improve her skills and major in musical theater.

The scholarship will assist in her education and career.



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