Artistically Gifted Students Selected To Perform at Spoleto Festival

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“Rising Stars” series begins its 8th year recognizing SC talent

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The South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education (SCAAE) today announced the names of 56 students who have been selected to perform May 25-June 5 as “Rising Stars” at this year’s Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston SC. (Piccolo Spoleto runs concurrent with the annual Spoleto USA Arts Festival.)

“These young people represent the best and brightest in arts in our state,” said Eve Walling-Wohlford, president of SCAAE. “We are proud to showcase their talent and to demonstrate the importance of ‘Rising Stars.’ Both their parents and teachers and community have reason to celebrate these talented students.”

The students, who range in age from 8 to 18, were selected through an application and screening process judged by art educators and professional artists representing the disciplines of creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music and visual art.

Students will perform at 4pm ET on May 25, 27, 29 and June 1,3, and 5. All performances will be presented at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Auditorium, 405 King Street, which is located in downtown Charleston at the corner of King and Vanderhorst streets across from Marion Square.

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2015 Rising Stars (Student Name, Hometown, School)

Caroline Antley    Orangeburg    Limestone Academy (Homeschool)
Lucas Antley    Orangeburg    Limestone Academy (Homeschool)
Benjamin Bagwell    Greenwood    Greenwood High School
Lila Berle    Sullivan's Island    Wando High School
Ashton Brabham    Moncks Corner    Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School
Elsa Cline    North Charleston    Charleston County School of the Arts
Anna Davis    Enoree    Woodruff High School
Lauren DeMarco    Mt. Pleasant    Charleston County School of the Arts
Julia Dotson    Mr. Pleasant    Charleston County School of the Arts
Kevin Fan    Charleston    Porter-Gaud School
Madeleine (Mozie) Frizzelle    Mt. Pleasant    SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Elaina Gable    Mt. Pleasant    The Cooper school
Riley Hatch    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Luz Hielscher    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Meredith Hungerford    Summerville    Pinewood Preparatory School
Shota Kohno    Charleston    James Island Charter High School
Harrison Luba    Hilton Head Island    Hilton Head Elementary School for Creative Arts
Sydney Murdaugh    Orangeburg    Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Samuel Painter    Greenville    Home School
Lydia Phelan    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Courtney Rich    Orangeburg    Orangeburg Prep
Sora Shirai    Mt. Pleasant    Sullivan's Island Elementary School
Autumn Smith    Moncks Corner    Berkeley Center for the Arts at Goose Creek High School
Bhavani Srinivas    Mt. Pleasant    Wando High School
Patrick Swain    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Joseph Tollefsen    Columbia    Homeschooled
Hannah Walters    Charleston    SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Skye Weimann    Folly Beach    Charleston County School of the Arts
John Wright    North Charleston    Rollings Middle School of the Arts

Press inquiries: Eve Walling-Wohlford, Email: eve(at)scaae(dot)net

Rising Stars is coordinated by The South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, with support from the College of Charleston School of the Arts, and is part of Piccolo Spoleto, which is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

The South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education is an organization that promotes and coordinates arts education state-wide. SCAAE is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network,
(KCAAEN) a coalition of statewide non-profit Alliances for Arts Education that work in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. SCAAE and KCAAEN support policies, practices, programs and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education. SCAAE receives funding from the SC Arts Commission, which receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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