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NHS Arts Education Foundation presents Fouth Annual Scholarship Awards

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Since its founding in the fall of 2007, the NHS Arts Education Foundation has provided volunteers and technical assistance, presented programs and workshops, contributed thousands of dollars of equipment and supplies, and provided public relations efforts to share the good news about Northwood’s award-winning arts education department.

Perhaps the foundation’s most important activity is the annual presentation of five $1000 college scholarships for graduating seniors for their achievements in each of the arts disciplines taught at Northwood.

These fourth annual awards were presented during NHS’ Baccalaureate Services on June 5, 2011.

Vocal Music Scholarship: Alexyss Hedrick

Alexyss has attended Northwood for the last two years. During that time, she has taken advantage of every vocal music class possible. Alexis is a member of the Volleyball team, National Honor Society, Modern Music Masters, and serves as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. Alexyss served in several leadership roles while involved with the music program and recently ran sectionals at the Chatham All-County Chorus. She will be attending East Carolina University in the fall.

Dance Scholarship: Bailey Johnson

Bailey Johnson has been involved in the dance program at Northwood High School for the last four years. She has been a member & officer for DECA, a cheerleader, and member of the National Honor Society. Bailey has served as a volunteer for the Key Club, ECC Cheerleading, and the Rotary Club. Bailey will attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.

Instrumental Music Scholarship: Matt Kleberg

Matt Kleberg has been a valuable member of the Jazz Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Musical Pit ensembles. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Modern Music Masters. Matt displayed tremendous dedication to the Arts programs at Northwood throughout his four year career. He has held numerous leadership roles and provided an excellent example for his peers. Matt has been accepted into the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University next year and will attend as a music education major.

Mary Hayes Steed Memorial Scholarship for Visual Arts: Sarah Elkins

Sarah has taken full advantage of the arts programs at Northwood. Sarah has served as Colorguard and Winterguard Captain and taken a full spectrum of arts courses. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and serves as a volunteer for the Family Literacy program. Sarah will be continuing her studies at Western Carolina in the fall.

Harrison Family Scholarship for Theatre Arts: Stephanie Messer

Stephanie has been involved in the Theatre program since before she was even a student at Northwood. Stephanie began her studies in theatre at the Summer Drama Camp as a middle school student. She attended Governor’s School in theatre and has made countless contributions to the program. She also served as Colorguard Captain, President of Key Club, President of the Thespian Society, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M, and the Student Peace Alliance. She will be continuing her theatre studies at Macalester College in Minnesota this fall.

Members of this year’s selection committee included Ivye Wright Arnold, president of IvyeLeague Entertainment, an agency representing area performing artists in Dance, Music and Theatre; Derrick Ivey, prominent area actor, designer, choreagrapher and director; and Karen Wells, Executive Director of Arts NC, North Carolina’s statewide advocacy organization for the arts and art education.

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