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Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation presented the 8th Annual NHSAEF College Scholarships

Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Pittsboro, NC - The Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation (NHSAEF) presented the 8th Annual NHSAEF College Scholarships to outstanding students in recognition of their achievements in the visual and performing arts. The $1000 scholarships were presented May 27 at NHS Senior Awards Day.

NorthwoodArts created a new Senior Departmental Award this year, voted on by the entire Arts Education Department Faculty. Katie Robbins received this inaugural interdisciplinary arts award. She has taken three semesters of visual art/four vocals courses and two in theater. Katie performed in lead roles in Hairspray and How to Succeed in Business, and she is also a member of the award-winning NHS a cappella ensemble, Pitch Please, and the TriM Music Honor Society. This spring she was finalist for the Rising Star Awards and performed at DPAC. Katie will study music at UNCG.

Taylor Roberson is the recipient of this year’s award for Dance. She has taken the complete progression of Dance coursework and is a member of the auditioned Dance Ensemble. She has also studied photography and theatre arts and is a member of the Dance and Spanish Honor Societies as well as the Thespian Society. She will attend UNCG to major in Dance Education.

Elise Crawford was awarded an Intersiciplinary scholarship for achievements in multiple arts disciplines. In addition to dance, guitar, and theatre coursework, she has a concentration in visual arts. She was a member of the Scholastic Art Showcase State Championship Team from Northwood, winning an individual first place award in printmaking and served as president of the National Art Honor Society. She plans to attend Appalachian State.

Holly Thacker received this year’s award for Visual Arts. She has also studied dance. Holly is an officer of Northwood’s National Arts Honor Society chapter, served on the prom committee, and has served as student representative on the NHSAEF Advisory Board for three years. She will attend UNCG this fall.

The award for Theatre Arts was presented to Kyndal Hutchinson, an honor student and member of the International Thespian Society. In addition to her extensive work in technical theatre where she is practically speaking, the NHS Stage Manager, she has studied photography, visual arts and dance. Also a member of Northwood’s Scholastic Art Showcase team, she received an individual first place award for photography. Kyndall will attend UNCG this fall.

The board is grateful for the work of this year’s selections committee Committee members include Sharon Allen. Ms. Allen is a retired Chatham County Arts Teacher. She taught Elementary Choral/General music in the Siler City area for more than 33 years. During the 2014-15 school year she has served as the Lead Arts Teacher for Chatham County Schools.

Reema Khrais. A 2008 Northwood graduate, where she was active in both the music and theatre departments, Reema attended UNC’s School of Journalism and graduated in 2012. She was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at NPR in Washington before joining WUNC Radio as a Fletcher Fellow in November 2013 where she focuses on education policy reporting.

The Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation supports and promotes the Northwood arts education program. Teacher grants provide resources for the ongoing work of the department, the Carlin Camp fund supports students’ summer arts activities, and annual college scholarships recognize achievements in visual and performing arts. Since its inception in 2007, NHSAEF has presented more than $35,000 in scholarship funds to Northwood High School students. To learn more visit

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