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May 13, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu

 

UNCSA STUDENT IS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR IN THE ARTS

 Four others are recognized by National YoungArts Foundation


WINSTON-SALEM – A high school senior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the United States Department of Education, and four students have been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Reagan Lukefahr of Houston, Texas, will graduate Saturday, May 17, from the School of Drama. She will return to UNCSA in the Fall as a college freshman.

The National YoungArts Foundation is the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Lukefahr was a YoungArts finalist in the 2012-13 academic year, which made her eligible as a Presidential Scholar this year.

The National YoungArts Foundation is the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Lukefahr was a YoungArts finalist in the 2012-13 academic year, which made her eligible as a Presidential Scholar this year.

Four UNCSA high school students were recognized by the YoungArts Federation for the 2013-14 academic year. Rachel Haas of Kissimmee, Fla., was named a finalist in theatre. She will graduate May 17 from the School of Drama. Reynolds Duck of Winston-Salem received an honorable mention in theatre and a merit award in dance. He will graduate from the School of Drama. Jennifer Xiao of Concord received a merit award in visual arts. She will graduate from the Visual Arts Program of the School of Design and Production. Ryan McNally, a sophomore in the School of Dance from Charleston, S.C. received a merit award in ballet.




Reagan Lukefahr

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers.

 

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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