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June 14, 2011 > Art scholarships awarded to high schools seniors

Art scholarships awarded to high schools seniors

Submitted By Diane Leys

Three Fremont high school seniors have been awarded Art Scholarships through Olive Hyde Art Guild's Annual competition. Winning students were selected based on their portfolios of work and acceptance at a college or University with plans to pursue higher education in the field of art. This year, 12 students from four Fremont high schools submitted work for consideration by the Guild.

First place winner, (Lily) So Yeon Hong from American High School, recipient of the $2,000 award, plans to attend the School of Art Institute of Chicago where she will major in Fine Arts. Her art teacher, Megan Olson, describes her as "curious and enthusiastic about her work, excelling in pastel, charcoal, acrylic and mixed media and fearlessly welcoming new challenges." Lily hopes to become either a professor of art or a museum curator. To raise money for underprivileged children in economically challenged schools, Lily has exhibited her work with the Korean American Young Artists. Lily is also an accomplished musician, playing both flute and piccolo with the California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Silicon Valley Volunteer Orchestra.

Two Mission San Jose High School seniors were awarded Honorable Mention. Each will receive $1,000 toward college expenses.

In addition to the Olive Hyde Award, Honorable Mention, winner Michelle Lee has had her work accepted for exhibit by the National Oil Acrylic Painters' Society for the "Best of America! 2010 Exhibition." Michelle's designs have also been featured on Elementary and High School yearbooks. Edie Christensen, a Mission San Jose High art teacher, describes Michelle as "highly skilled in painting, drawing and collage, able to translate new and creative ideas into beautiful artwork." She plans to major in Visual Arts at Columbia University in New York. Planning to eventually work for Pixar, Michelle will focus graduate work on animation. A National Merit Commended Student, Michelle has been named Valedictorian at Mission.

Pianist, artist and Sous Chef all describe Ruth Lee, also of Mission San Jose High School and Honorable Mention winner. Ruth has won awards at the Alameda County Fair for her art and, as a volunteer for the Fremont Senior Center, she has been chosen to be a sous chef at the center. Her specialties are cream puff swans and chocolate truffle towers. Currently her art teacher, Edie Christensen, feels she is a remarkable, talented student and self-taught artist. Ruth will attend U.C. Davis in the fall and hopes to eventually become a Plastic Surgeon utilizing her art skills.

In addition to student scholarship awards, a $500 stipend for classroom art supplies has been awarded to Megan Olson, art teacher of the first place winner.

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