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May 27, 2014 > Art scholarships awarded

Art scholarships awarded

Submitted By Diane Leys

Olive Hyde Art GuildÕs annual art scholarship competition culminated with a reception on Friday, May 9. Three Fremont graduating seniors were awarded scholarships by the Guild. Scholarship chairman, Karen Dobmeier, explained that the winning students were selected from a field of 12 applicants, based on their portfolios of work. In addition, each student must have been accepted at a college or university and have plans to pursue higher education in the field of art.

Taehwan (Danny) Lee from Washington High School and recipient of the $2,000 first place award plans to attend the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. Todd Elkin, art teacher, describes Danny as a student who strives hard to meet the criteria for a project, pushing the work further, and adding elements above and beyond the stated requirements. ÒThis type of self-driven dedication bodes well for him as he develops his artistic practice.Ó Since 2010 Danny has volunteered as an assistant to the archery coach at Centerville Jr. HighÕs after school program. He has also volunteered at the San Jose Salvation Army. Upon graduation Danny hopes to work in the S.F. Bay AreaÕs Video Game Industry, or as a Professor of Art at the college level.

Two Honorable Mention Awards for $1,000 each were also presented. Jessica Zhang from Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS), plans to attend California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Planning for a career in the arts, Jessica plans to focus on Animation at Cal Arts. JessicaÕs volunteer activities include her participation in Relay for Life, designing and painting sets for MSJ theatre productions, painting murals at MSJH, and volunteering at the Azevada Elementary Reading Clinic for second graders. Jessica sings in the MSJHS Choir and has performed in Chinese Folk Opera. She plays piano, and likes to read. Edie Christensen, JessicaÕs MSJHS art teacher states ÒJessica is a highly motivated and talented individual. She often challenged herself by thinking outside the box and expressing her own vision.Ó

Shannon Lin, the second Honorable Mention Award winner of $1,000, is an Irvington High School graduating senior. Shannon plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Penn. where she plans to major in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing or Graphic Media Management, with a minor in art or design. ShannonÕs volunteer activities include counseling at summer camp, teaching English at a camp in Taiwan, and after school tutoring at Weibel Elementary School. With an interest in psychology and the way in which people think, ShannonÕs art work for this competition reflected the personification of mental disorders. Shannon hopes for a career as an editor of a magazine in one of her areas of interest.

In addition to the student scholarship awards, a $500 stipend for classroom art supplies has been awarded to the art teacher of the first place winner, Todd Elkin, from Washington High School.

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