Angela Vettikkal of Deerfield Township, who hails from William Mason High School, is a National YoungArts Foundation finalist in dance for her entry in the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.
Angela is among the 171 finalist winners out of 11,000 applicants nationally across 10 arts disciplines. Finalists will come together for the annual YoungArts Week in Miami from Jan. 6-12.
Caroline Hennekes of West Chester is a finalist in the dance category. Zoe Cheng of Cincinnati is a finalist in writing.
Throughout the week, finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels including a monetary award of at least $1,000, with top-level awardees receiving $10,000 and for nomination as the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest honor that can be awarded to any artistically talented graduating high school senior.
During YoungArts Week, finalists will participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Irving Sandler, Rita Moreno, Andrew Rannells, Shelly Berg, Shalita Grant, Lourdes Lopez and Judith Hill.
Students will also have the opportunity to share their work with the public through performances.
All winners become part of the YoungArts alumni network of 17,000 artists, some of whom have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields including actresses Vanessa Williams, Viola Davis, and Kerry Washington; actor, musician, and filmmaker Adrian Grenier; four-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza; CEO of American Ballet Theatre Rachel Moore; recording artists Nicki Minaj, Chris Young and Josh Groban; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard and Jennifer Koh; choreographer Desmond Richardson; visual artist Hernan Bas; and internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken.
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