Six East students are finalists for the Arts Council of Johnson County Shooting Stars Awards. The program recognizes high school seniors for their excellence in literary, performing and visual arts. The finalists are eligible for scholarship awards that will be announced at the Shooting Stars Gala on March 25.
Students that qualified were seniors Bri Jantz in Strings, Isabella Kloster in Literature (Prose/Poetry), Harper Mundy in Production and Design, Savanna Worthington in Theatre Performance, William Kline in Three-Dimensional Art and Gabrielle Perdomo in Two-Dimensional Art.
“We go through a series of due dates during the year like a filmed interview and portfolio submission,” Perdomo said.
Artists are nominated by an arts faculty member from their school and are required to submit an online application. After being selected as a finalist, the student’s portfolio or audition is evaluated by an individual judge for specific awards. Across the five high schools in the district, 21 students became finalists across the district.
“I was really surprised about getting the award especially because there’s a number of very talented artists in my class,” Perdomo said. “[All of us] deserve the nomination.”