Nineteen YoungArts Awards for NWSA this year

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Young Arts 2019 finalists in group shot.With 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts since 1989, and 89 YoungArts Finalists / 346 YoungArts Winners since 2002, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) students continue to leave their artistic mark in our community. Among the 171 YoungArts Finalists selected this year are seven NWSA students joining the ranks as in their respective artistic fields and selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In addition, NWSA students received three YoungArts Honorable Mentions and nine Merit Awards for a grand total 19 awards.

New World School of the Arts 2020 YoungArts FINALISTS:
Dance: Rush Carson, Choreography; Theater: Catarina de Luca Figueiredo; Ulises Otero Jr. (class of 2019); Visual Arts: Nichole Hernandez; Samuel Jorge; Destiny Moore; Voice: Anthony Josep, Classical Baritone (class of 2019).

The YoungArts Finalists will each receive a cash prize of up to $10,000 and will participate in National YoungArts Week (January 5-12, 2020), the organization's signature program providing artists with an intensive, weeklong and all-inclusive program featuring master classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields. At National YoungArts Week, Finalists will have the opportunity to learn from 2020 master teachers, including MacArthur "Genius" Claire Chase; Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist René Marie; The New York Times Best Selling author Joan Morgan; Tony nominated actress Michele Shay; photographer, curator and educator Endia Beal; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.

All Finalists are also eligible for nomination to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars. As the sole nominating agency, YoungArts selects 60 Finalists each year, 20 of whom are selected to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for a graduating high school senior. Since 1989, 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts have been selected from New World School of the Arts’ four arts disciplines (Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts).

New World School of the Arts YoungArts Finalists:
"Each of these students has shown tremendous dedication to their work, and their portfolios for YoungArts reflect this, " said John Slepian, Dean of Visual Arts at NWSA. "Their work demonstrates great skill with their media, and sophistication visually and conceptually. They have each chosen to explore serious and complex themes—and have done so with thoughtfulness and courage. We are thrilled for their work to be recognized by YoungArts but are not surprised to hear that their work is on par with the best in the country. We expect great things from Destiny, Nichole and Samuel. You will be hearing from these artists again."

While Destiny Moore aims to intertwine her knowledge of art with business as she continues her studies as an artist, she highlights, "I feel grateful for the opportunity to share my work with others and to be one of the few in the nation to be recognized." Nicole Hernandez also explains that she wants to spend the rest of her life “working collaboratively researching female / male relationships. I'm overwhelmed with excitement and grateful for this opportunity, which I think will further my career to the fullest. " "Getting the call was such a surreal moment for me. I couldn't believe that I was presented with such prestigious award, " said Samuel Jorge. "After graduation I plan to go to a fine arts college and get my BFA and MFA while continuing to stay driven in my practice."

Rush Carson hopes to "push boundaries as a dancer, choreographer, and creator in general. However, what's more important to me is that I offer something new to the world and upcoming generations of artists." He is "extremely excited to spend this upcoming YoungArts week learning and soaking up information from the incredible artists and teachers around [him.]" Catalina de Luca, who hopes to pursue a BFA in theater when she graduates in the Spring, notes, "I have no doubt that YoungArts will be a transformative experience and I'm excited to see where this journey will take me."

New World School of the Arts 2020 YoungArts HONORABLE MENTIONS
Jazz: Ian Muñoz, Saxophone/Alto; Theater: Sabina Arcila; Visual Arts: Luis Aleman

New World School of the Arts 2020 YoungArts MERITS
Classical Music: Sonya Carrillo, Trumpet; Dance: Julian Sanchez, Modern/Contemporary; Jazz: Daniela Jimenez Ochoa, Piano; Claudio Silva, Percussion; Adam Stein, Saxophone/Tenor; Photography: Sabrina Proano; Theater: Simone De La Torre; Visual Arts: Zonelys Martinez; Writing: Arianna Peró, Spoken Word

About YoungArts: YoungArts was established in 1981 to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for and support of the arts in American society. Each year since its inception in 1981, YoungArts, based in Miami and founded by Lin and Ted Arison of Carnival Cruises, selects more than 120 High School seniors from a pool of thousands of candidates nationwide and offers them the opportunity to present their artistic talents and achievements in Miami. These fortunate few also receive cash awards of $100 to $10,000 per student, or scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 annually for four years to further enhance their artistic education. The objective of this institution is to identify talented arts students in their senior year in high school.

About New World School of the Arts: New World School of the Arts (NWSA) is a center of artistic and academic excellence in the visual and performing arts, dedicated to training High School and College students interested in careers in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Through its educational partnerships with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and University of Florida, NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design.