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June 22, 2013

38 local students attend Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute

NORMAN — A total of 38 students from Norman and Moore are flexing their creative muscles during a two-week stay at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, a prestigious arts academy for Oklahoma high school students at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Okla., June 15-30.

The area youth are among 271 students studying nine areas of literary, visual and performing arts under the training of award-winning artists.

Alex Rivas, 18-year-old Norman High School alumna attending for drawing and painting, said her experience at the institute, including intensive daily study, has prepared her for attending the Rhode Island School of Design in the fall.

“I think it gives young artists something to aspire to and once you get in, which is a long process, it also gives you a sense of what other people are doing and what your generation might be like in the arts world,” she said. “We get to see the generation older than us and their successes and their journeys, so it inspires us and shows us the path of how we might be able to succeed.”

Students were selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants. All attending students received full scholarships to the program worth more than $3,000 each.

Accepted area students include:

· Norman High School: Ky Anderson and Allison Draheim for acting; Maddie Breedlove, Jonathan Buckelew, Rebecca Stowe, Robyn Wheelock and Isaac Yates for choral music; Jonathan Craig, Grayson Rushing, Julia Weldon and Mitch Mason for orchestra; Nayoung Kwak for ballet; Julian Palmer for photography; Alex Rivas and Bella Siewert for drawing; and Ethan Hoagland for film.

· Norman North High School: Nicci Ciardi, Hannah Harrell, Kennedy Patrick, Devin Sunday, Katherine Wang, Annie Yin and Nathan Yu for orchestra; Alli Hill for modern dance; Chandler Keeth, Hannah Tullius, Emily Vittitow and Ben Wylie for choral music; Jamie Lim for drawing; Samuel Pemberton, Sam Pender, Jacob Rabon IV and Colton Wallace for film; and Paige Williams for photography.

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