Young Artist to Attend Interlochen Arts Academy

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Mickayla Noel, 15, of Alexandria, Virginia has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Academy, the world’s premier fine arts boarding high school.

We are extremely proud of Mickayla and excited about her opportunity at Interlochen, said Mickayla’s mother, Evette Maynard-Noel.

Mickayla Noel, 15, of Alexandria, Virginia has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Academy, the world’s premier fine arts boarding high school. Noel, the daughter of Ronald and Evette Noel, will study Creative Writing at the Academy. Previously, Mickayla has been a student at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell in Arlington, Virginia, and is a distinguished scholar alumni of the DC based Higher Achievement Program (HAP).

Mickayla attended the HAP Alexandria Achievement Center, after school and during the summer from the 5th through 8th grade. The program provided Mickayla with an additional 650 hours a year of academic enrichment, following a rigorous advanced curriculum, receiving academic coaching and support, mentoring, skill-building, and personal encouragement.

Through Higher Achievement, Mickayla gained a new perspective on her academics, her creativity, and her leadership abilities. She has participated in mock trial exercises, business plan development workshops, and a poetry workshop conducted by White House Fellows.

A gifted speaker and poet performer, Mickayla has had the opportunity to speak around the Mid-Atlantic region, and has performed her original poetry at a variety of venues, including the internationally renowned Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Mickayla is a scholar first, but she is also a poet performer, singer, and violinist. We have been looking for a school that in addition to a college preparatory curriculum; would offer Mickayla the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, and expand her creativity in an environment where artistic expression is appreciated and nurtured, and everyone is passionate about either being an artist or teaching them. We are extremely proud of Mickayla and excited about her opportunity at Interlochen,“ said Mickayla’s mother, Evette Maynard-Noel.

Over the summer, before starting her Sophomore year at Interlochen, Mickayla will combine her interest in writing, performing, debate, public speaking, and the law by accepting an invitation to attend the Law & Trial Conference for High School Students at Stanford University Law School in Palo Alto, California; she will study interpretive performance and engage in original oratory labs at the George Mason Institute of Forensics at George Mason University (GMU), in Fairfax, Virginia; and finally, she will explore different genres, such as short fiction, journalism, play and screenwriting, reuniting with other DYWC Alum at the Duke Young Writers Camp (DYWC) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

After her exciting summer break, Mickayla will be ready to start living and writing this new chapter in her academic and artistic life. Get ready Interlochen Arts Academy Class of 2016-- here comes Mickayla Noel.

Interlochen Arts Academy attracts more than 500 young artists from 40 states and 15 countries. Together, they study music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts in a college-like setting. While producing more than 250 artistic presentations in the school year, Academy students also master rigorous college-preparatory academics that prepare them to take prominent roles in any professional endeavor.

The Arts Academy was founded in 1962 to provide year-round training in the arts coupled with challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics. This combination has resulted in sustained achievement in arts and academics. Since the school was established, it has produced 40 Presidential Scholars, a record unmatched by any school in the United States, public or private. Alumni include singer-songwriter Jewel, actress Felicity Huffman, jazz drummer Peter Erskine and car designer Bill Zheng. More than ten percent of the nation’s orchestral musicians can claim roots at either Interlochen Arts Academy or Camp. Since 1958, more than 90 Grammy Awards have been presented to Interlochen alumni of the Academy and Camp.

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Interlochen Arts Academy is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades. For information, visit Interlochen online at

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