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National YoungArts Foundation cites two students in SCAPA program at Layfayette High School

The National YoungArts Foundation has cited two students in the SCAPA program at Lafayette High School among the most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design, and performing arts. Aaron Choate was named a finalist (the top honor) in modern/contemporary dance, while soprano Katherine Copeland received honorable mention in voice.

The 2018 winners represent the top 10 percent from a pool of more than 7,600 applicants. Some were cited for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Altogether, 171 students were named finalists, 270 honorable mentions, and 340 merit winners. Aaron was invited to participate in the annual National YoungArts Week, set for Jan. 7-14 in Miami, and Katherine was eligible for one of the regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles, or New York.

Since 1980, the National YoungArts Foundation has partnered with educators and after-school, summer, and community arts programs to seek out, identify, and recognize emerging young talent. The winners gain access to a comprehensive program offering financial, professional, and artistic development opportunities through the course of their careers.

As part of the YoungArts application, students were asked to name the teacher who has most impacted their development and learning as an artist. Aaron selected SCAPA ballet teacher Laurie Fields, while Katherine tapped voice instructor Laura Howard.

For questions about the SCAPA program in Fayette County Public Schools, call (859) 381-3338.

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