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June 13, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photos available

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William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholars Announced at UNCSA


(Winston-Salem) The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced the annual recipients of the prestigious William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholarships, which pay for tuition, fees, room and board for four years of undergraduate study.

The Kenan Excellence Scholarship recipients for the Class of 2017, entering fall of 2013, are:

  Torin Bradshaw, Lakeland, Tenn. – School of Filmmaking

  Dane EllerChubb, Eugene, Ore. – School of Dance (Ballet)

  Nile Harris, Miami, Fla. –    School of Drama

  Emily Krajewski, Matthews, N.C.  – School of Music (Double Bass)

  Bailey B. Powell, Asheboro, N.C. – School of Design & Production (Costume Design & Technology)

The awards were initially provided by a 2005 grant of $1 million from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and two grants ($225,000 in 2009 and $250,000 in 2010)   from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts, providing up to five awards per year.  In April 2011, The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust announced the school’s largest one-time private gift in the school’s history: a $6 million grant to endow the annual William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholarship program.

“We are so pleased to announce the 2013 William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Scholar recipients.  These are exemplary young artists who have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways and we are proud to welcome them to the UNCSA community,” said UNCSA Provost David Nelson.

 “The Kenan Excellence Scholarships are among those creations of which we are most proud,” said Dr. Richard M. Krasno, executive director of The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and a director of The William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts. “The Trust established this scholarship program, and the Kenan Fund for the Arts provided additional support, to demonstrate our confidence in the exceptional educational experience the University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides to talented student-artists from around the world.

It is our hope that these grants will stimulate others to join us by providing similar scholarship support for very talented students who wish to attend UNCSA,” Dr. Krasno added.

The Kenan Excellence Scholarships were first presented in 2006-07. Awards are renewable for four years as long as the student continues in good standing.

Criteria for the scholarship awards include the students’ abilities in their arts discipline, capacity to lead and motivate, extracurricular achievement, grade point average, and SAT or ACT test scores.  A review committee establishes a list of semifinalists, who are interviewed for selection as finalists. Awards are made to students judged to have the best potential as artist-scholars regardless of the program in which they enroll or their state of residence. 

Torin Bradshaw
Torin Bradshaw
Dane EllerChubb
Dane EllerChubb

Nile Harris
Nile Harris
Emily Krajewski
Bailey Powell
Bailey Powell

Biographies for the recipients follow:

Torin Bradshaw graduated from Arlington High School with Honors and Distinction.  He has a passion for the arts and participated in marching and concert band (2009/2010) and theater (2011/2012).  He studied filmmaking at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 2012 where students were introduced to both the theory and technical aspects of filmmaking through lectures, films and hands-on experience.

He was a member of Arlington Tiger Vision, a student led, pre-recorded, news magazine style show.  The twenty-minute show was broadcast weekly to the high school student body of over 2,000 students.  Upon graduation, Torin was inducted into the Arlington High School Hall of Fame for Arlington Tiger Vision.

Bradshaw participated in Bridge Builders, a program that builds a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice.  In 2012, his film entry, SHATTER THE DIVIDE, earned first place for the “Diversity Means” film contest for the state of Tennessee Reflections PTA contest.  His film has been shown during closing ceremony sessions for Common Ground, a grass roots race relations initiative in Memphis.  In 2013, Bradshaw was recognized for having had a significant, positive effect on race relations at school and in the community and was selected for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Bradshaw has been very involved with his church where his service and leadership projects included being a member of the video production team and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, a nursing home and with mentally and physically challenged children and teenagers.   He also packaged meals for low-income families through the Salvation Army and has been on a mission trip to St. Louis where, among other things, he helped build a playground in an underserved community.  This summer, he continues his service by travelling to Kigali, Rwanda on a mission trip.

He made a PSA on the dangers of underage drinking and was one of four finalists chosen from 36 entries from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas for the “Booze It & Lose It” competition.  Among his awards are First Place Honors out of 12 state winners in a faith-based film contest in 2012 and 2013.  In 2013, his film entry, “Magic of the Moment”, earned First Place for the state of Tennessee Reflections PTA contest.

Dane EllerChubb graduated from South Eugene High School in June with outstanding academic achievement. She is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. She has been training and performing with the Eugene Ballet Academy under the direction of Sara Lombardi for twelve years, and the Eugene Youth Ballet for eight years where she performed many roles including Sugar Plum and Doll in The Nutcracker, and soloist in Toni Pimble’s Concerto Grosso and Diana Law’s Seven Deadly Sins.  EllerChubb began performing with the Eugene Ballet Company, a professional dance company, at age ten, including appearances in Alice in Wonderland, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Peter Pan.  Beginning at age thirteen she began touring with the Eugene Ballet Company as Fritz in The Nutcracker, and as Corps de Ballet in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Romeo & Juliet.  She joined the company as an apprentice for the 2011-12 season while continuing her high school education with Baker Web Academy.  She was awarded scholarships from the following summer dance intensives: Summer Dance Lab, Washington; Kansas City Ballet; Houston Ballet; Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C.; Joffrey, New York.

EllerChubb has participated and performed in festivals in Long Beach, Calif., Provo, Utah, Richland, Wash., and Las Vegas. From 2009 to the present she has received a merit scholarship to train at the Eugene Ballet Academy and perform with the Eugene Youth Ballet.

Her volunteer work includes participating in community service and church supported programs as a member of First Congregational Church in Eugene; volunteering for UO Summer Enrichment Program, a residential summer program serving talented and gifted youth; and assisting in the Human Physiology Lab of Dr. Anita Christie at the University of Oregon.  During a prolonged injury rehabilitation, EllerChubb worked a thirty-hour per week nanny job while continuing her education, a good indicator of the time management skill and ambition necessary in the world of dance.

One of Dane’s references noted “Her professionalism and leadership qualities set her apart from her peers,” as does her persistence, perseverance, and practice to excel both academically and artistically.

Nile Harris is a graduate of the prestigious New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami.  He is a National Young Arts Foundation Finalist, Vice President of the Key Club, has performed 135 hours of community service, is a playwright and poet and a flying trapeze artist!  His course work at NWSA included many Advanced Placement and Honors courses, in which he excelled.

This past summer, Harris co-founded the Our Stage Theatre Company, comprised of students and alumni of NWSA, dedicated to producing theatre for social change, promoting the arts, and giving back to the community, raising over $1,000 which was donated to the Art Cares program at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Among the roles Harris has performed are Weston in Curse of the Starving Class, Professor Willard in Our Town, Tony in Savage in Limbo, Pressman in The Poet and the Rent, First Editor in Wonderful Town, Virgil in Bus Stop, Liebslieder in A Little Night Music, The Barber in Man of La Mancha, Hen in Animal Farm, Mr. Sopperstein in How Can You Run With…, and David Attenborough in Time Flies.

During his junior year, he worked as a paid intern at one of the biggest local casting agents, The Green Agency.  This eye-opening experience afforded him a rare peek into his chosen field of pursuit.

In his personal statement, Harris states “I hate the decreasing value of the arts in our country that likes to consider itself a world powerhouse.  The arts are the humanity of a society.  A reminder of what was, what is, what will, and what might.  All being interpreted through the hearts of certain attune individuals.”


Emily Krajewski spent her senior year of high school at UNCSA, graduating May 2013.  Prior to coming to UNCSA, she attended Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C. Her teacher, Paul Sharpe, notes that having her in his studio raises the bar for the undergraduate and graduate students.  She pushes to organize rehearsals, schedule extra coachings and to perform, taking it upon herself to organize a practice schedule, indications of her leadership skills.


Before arriving at UNCSA, she taught violin to children at an elementary school once a week, helped them with their homework, was a student assistant with the Charlotte Youth Symphony, and a volunteer manager for the Junior Youth Orchestras.  She also was the elected representative of her school for a convention sponsored by the Elie Wiesel’s Echo Foundation that featured Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Aaron Ciechanover.  Since arriving at UNCSA, she has raised money for food and cooked and served at the Bethesda Homeless Shelter.


Krajewski’s awards include First Place, Pi Phi Omega Talent Hunt Competition (Feb. 2012); Second Place, Pi Phi Omega Talent Hunt Competition (Feb. 2011), Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s Betsy Knight Scholarship (May 2012), Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s Meg Hutchins Scholarship (May 2011), Young Artist Scholarship to Eastern Music Festival (Oct. 2011), ASTA Scholarship to Eastern Music Festival (Nov. 2010) and Honorable Mention, Charlotte Symphony Guild Young Artist solo Competition (Jan. 2011).

She has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years; a member of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra in Grades 10 and 11; a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society in Grades 10 and 11; and a member of the Providence Honors Quintet in Grades 9 -11.  She also was a Morris Dance Fiddler in the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Grade 10.


Krajewski was Principal Double Bass with the North Carolina All State Honors Orchestra (2011, 2012); North Carolina Western Regionals Honors Orchestra (2012); and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (Grades 9-11).  She volunteered as an assistant at the Charlotte Symphony Musical Petting Zoo (Grades 9-11) and was a student assistant violin teacher at Winterfield Elementary School in Grade 11.


Bailey B. Powell graduated May 2013 from UNCSA’s high school Visual Arts Program, where she spent the last two years.  In 2013, several of Bailey’s art pieces were awarded Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Powell’s portfolio won a Gold Key, and she was also awarded five additional Gold Keys and two Silver Keys for individual works.  One of her pieces was among five works nominated for an American Vision Medal, and went on to win the national award. It will be displayed at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.


As an accomplished and successful student in many honors and advance placement courses, Powell volunteered many hours working in the Design & Production Costume Shop, learning more about costume design and technology while still a visual arts student.  She was selected to be assistant costume designer to Bill Brewer for School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe’s inaugural choreographed piece at UNCSA, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor in Spring Dance. She was responsible for individually painting 28 dance costumes.


Powell’s other volunteer work includes the 2010 RYTC Summer Theatres Program in Asheboro; painting and assisting Boys and Girls Club children to paint a mural by Cori Cagle in downtown Asheboro; assisting with building a Habitat for Humanity House; assisting with the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Blood Drive; and performing for residents of Asheboro Rehabilitation Center and Pennybyrn at Mayfield. 


Powell has been a figure model for sculpture and drawing classes at Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro and has done professional fashion modeling for Pink Stitch, an Australian Company.  She has studied voice with Anne Shirk in Asheboro and performed in the Asheboro High School Chorus, and was invited to New York to perform at St. Paul’s Cathedral and take part in Broadway workshops. She has acted and worked backstage with Asheboro Park St. Players and Randolph Youth Theater and has participated in gallery opening events at Circa Gallery and Sally Self Gallery in Asheboro.  In 2004 she exhibited her paintings in galleries in Oakhurst, Calif., and sold all of them


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.