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Designed as a way to spotlight and recognize the amazing talents of ASN member schools’ students, On Your Way began in 2011 as a student talent recognition and scholarship program.  Winners from 2011 through 2013 are listed below.

In 2014 On Your Way evolved to spotlight even more of our members’  students through group performances and showcases at the ASN National Conference.  Over 300 students from Denver School of the Arts, Orange County School of the Arts, and Duke Ellington presented a collaborative performance featuring full orchestra, chorus, soloists, and dance of selections from Carmina Burana, along with individual school showcases.  This breathtaking performance was held at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Ellie Calkins Opera House under the baton of Guest Conductor Dr. Larry Livingston, Director of Orchestras at the University of Southern California (pictured below in rehearsal photo).  In addition, the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Idaho Arts Charter School’s Electric Rock Orchestra were featured in Student Showcases at the conference, along with local school performing groups:  Creative Arts Academy at Kunsmiller, Noel Community Arts School, and Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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2013 on your way winners

Eligible On Your Way winners automatically bypassed the preliminary round in the national Young Arts program adjudication and were given access to Young Arts online portal for portfolio submission.

Acting

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Karen Patti
Mississippi School of the Arts, Brookhaven, MS

Artistic Statement

Performance Video

“The ability to fully become something other than myself for a short amount of time became catharsis… I became part of the community theatre program and fell in love. Every character became part of me, and yet the characters always changed.

Patti performed a monologue from Macbeth (Classical Monologue) and How I Learned to Drive (Contemporary Monologue).

About Mississippi School of the Arts

http://www.msa.k12.ms.us

Mississippi School of the Arts, located on the historic Whitworth College Campus in Brookhaven.  Mississippi School of the Arts is a residential school that provides advanced programs of study in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, literary arts, and media arts for artistically gifted eleventh and twelfth grade students from districts across the state. Curriculum at MSA focuses on the arts and humanities. Comprehensive residential and academic curricula will prepare high school students for further study or the pursuit of employment. Its mission is to provide a challenging arts education for artistically gifted Mississippi students in a residential learning environment that promotes honor, integrity, service, and life-long learning.

Classical Voice

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Lewis McAdow
Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX

Artistic Statement

Performance Video

“I want to take the time to get to know my pieces, and ensure that all I learn gets the attention that it requires. It is my way of paying respect to the composers that devoted their lives to composing these works, and the…singers who have performed them with as much time and effort as they could afford to give.”

Lewis, who is a baritone, performed Ombra Mai Fu (17th or 18th Century Aria), Roadside Fire (English-Written Aria), In Der Fremde (Non-English-Written Aria), and Nina (Selection of His Choice).

About Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

http://www.houstonisd.org/hspvarts

The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) was founded in 1971 as a magnet program in the Houston Independent School District.  The primary purpose of the campus is to identify and educate the most artistically gifted and talented students in HISD.  HSPVA’s artistic programs include instrumental and vocal music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing.  Currently serving nearly 700 students, HSPVA students spend three hours of each day studying their respective art disciplines.  Classes include master classes with locally and internationally renowned artists.  Over ninety-five percent of HSPVA attend college with nearly sixty percent of students attending schools with intended majors in the arts.  HSPVA boasts a very large number of Presidential Scholars in the Arts as well as several Distinguished Teachers in the Arts recognized by the Young Arts Association.

Creative Writing

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Abby Friesen-Johnson
Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO

Artistic Statement

Performance Details

“The themes and meanings are there, in no uncertain terms, if you are willing to dig a little, but you shouldn’t have to. I believe poetry should breathe off the page. It should make you breathe a little differently; it should be able to soften your chest without fifty re-readings.”

Abby won for her poetry submission.

About Denver School of the Arts

http://dsa.dpsk12.org

The Denver School of the Arts, a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school (grades 6-12) in Denver Public Schools. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students engage in intensive studies in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Stagecraft and Design, Theatre, Video Cinema Arts, and Visual Arts. Denver School of the Arts is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts in a culturally diverse, academically challenging environment.

Dance

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Madelyn LaLonde
Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX

Artistic Statement

Performance Video

“The dance floor is a door that locks out the negative trials of every day life. Melody is a simple switch that allows me to turn off reality and uncover shelter within myself. Movement becomes an avenue to release emotions. Technique is second nature after years of memorization. These elements of dance have become an outlet where I can surrender myself, and escape from the realities of life… Dance is my haven.”

Madelyn won for her required performances in demonstrating Ballet Technique and Modern Dance Technique, and for her Ballet Solo and Modern Dance Solo.

About Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

http://www.houstonisd.org/hspvarts

The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) was founded in 1971 as a magnet program in the Houston Independent School District.  The primary purpose of the campus is to identify and educate the most artistically gifted and talented students in HISD.  HSPVA’s artistic programs include instrumental and vocal music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and creative writing.  Currently serving nearly 700 students, HSPVA students spend three hours of each day studying their respective art disciplines.  Classes include master classes with locally and internationally renowned artists.  Over ninety-five percent of HSPVA attend college with nearly sixty percent of students attending schools with intended majors in the arts.  HSPVA boasts a very large number of Presidential Scholars in the Arts as well as several Distinguished Teachers in the Arts recognized by the Young Arts Association.

Filmmaking

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Hadley Hillel
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Seattle, WA

Artistic Statement

Performance Video

…although the different elements of a film, such as the story, cinematography, and editing are important, the only thing people remember in the long run is how a film made them feel. I hope to make films that are memorable not because of their plots or the way they were shot, but because of how they made viewers feel.”

Hadley won for his short film, The Talk.

About Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

http://seattleacademy.org

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent secondary school with a mission to prepare its over 700 students to participate effectively in modern society. Its Culture of Performance defines its dynamic college-preparatory curriculum, and programs in its four key areas of academics, arts, athletics, and outdoor/trips programs garner state, regional, national, and international recognition.

Musical Theater

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Brendan Williamson
Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA

Artistic Statement

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“…being versatile is a key part of being a successful and successfully employed professional performer. Whether the opportunity is a Shakespearean play or the musical “American Idiot,” I want to be able to do it. But I will always love doing musical theater the most!”

 Brendan’s performances included I’m Not That Smart (Song) and Arlo, Snow Angel (Monologue).

About Orange County School of the Arts

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Orange County School of the Arts provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment offering bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts. Established in 1987, this premier public charter school currently serves nearly 2,000 students in grades 7-12 from more than 100 cities throughout Southern California.

Visual Arts

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Illya Mousavijad
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI

Artistic Statement

Portfolio Samples 

“This collection is an attempt to illustrate the mysteries of humans’ lives, characters and personas using visual elements so that they become self-explanatory enough for the observers to find themselves or many people they know among these works.”

Illya submitted five drawings: Behind the stageUnder the fours of Hijab, Waiting, Mask, Character Shop, and Iranian Muslims, three sculptures/mixed media pieces: Explosion, Tree, and Migration; and a painting Self-Portrait.

About Interlochen Center for the Arts

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Aspiring artists at Interlochen Arts Academy receive individual attention and regular performance opportunities. Known for its nurturing atmosphere and motivated students, Interlochen offers challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics and pre-professional training in the arts. Academy students come from all50 states and 20 countries to study with accomplished faculty and work alongside motivated peers. Graduates are admitted to selective colleges, universities and conservatories. Academy students regularly earn national recognition and Interlochen has had 42 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other high school in the country, public or private. Interlochen Arts Academy is part of Interlochen Center for the Arts, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

2012 on your way winners

Visual Arts

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Mateo Nava

Senior, Design & Architecture Senior High, Miami, Florida

 

Performance Details

Artist Statement

Judges Comments

 

Mateo won in the category of Visual Arts with by submitting “Self Portrait as a Line, Pt. II (Everywhere I’ve Ever Been)”, ballpoint pen on Mylar, inkjet prints; “From All Points to All Points”, ballpoint on Mylar, vellum prints; From All Points to All Points, Pt. II”, ballpoint pen on Mylar, inkjet prints; “All Possible Particle Configurations Within a Specific Cosmic Horizon”, Masonite, paint, rope, fluorescent lights; “You Were Made from Dust and to Dust You Will Return”, performance, Masonite dust, fluorescent lights; “A Refutation of Man”, performance, foam, paint, cameras, projection; “Move from the Feet Up”, sculpture with performance, shovel, muslin, soil; “Duration 8:177”, soil, muslin, shirt and pants, shovel.  

About Design and Architecture Senior High

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Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) is an exceptionally high-performing visual arts magnet in Miami, Florida. Established in 1990 from a Saturn grant, the school’s curriculum includes a comprehensive array of rigorous academics, fine art coursework from foundation level to dual enrollment and advanced placement portfolio classes, and five uniquely demanding and innovative design programs. DASH students select their design focus from Architecture, Fashion, Film, Graphics, or Industrial Design. In 2012, the school was ranked the nation’s number two magnet program and Florida’s top high school by U.S. News & World Report.For more information, please visit dashschool.org.


Classical Voice

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Cristóbal Arias

Junior, LaGuardia Arts, New York City, New York

Performance Video 
Artist Statement

Judges Comments 

In his application, Cristóbal Arias sang “O del mio dolce ardo” by Christoph Willibald Gluck, “Der Neugierige” from “Die schone Mullerin” by Franz Schubert, and “Who is Silvia?” from “Let Us Garlands Bring” by Gerald Finzi. The judges were impressed by Cristóbal’s mastery of Italian and German, his beautiful voice and ability to sing at such a high level, and his excellent musical selections.

 

Musical Theater

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Gabrielle Carmine

Junior, LaGuardia Arts, New York City, New York

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Artist Statement
Judges Comments 

Gabrielle sang “I’m Still Hurting” from “The Last Five Years” and “The Trolley Song.”  For the acting portion of her application, she performed scenes from “The Ideal Husband” and “Journey to the Day.” Judges applauded her vocal shading, intelligent phrasing, and stage presence. 

 

Filmmaking

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Reed Yurman

Senior, LaGuardia Arts, New York City, New York

 

Performance Video

Artist Statement

Judges Comments

 

“Simply put, my motivation for pursuing a career in film is to express myself artistically and tell compelling stories. My dream job is to become a film or television director or writer/director. I realize there are gender barriers in the film industry today, but I am determined to fulfill my artistic goals.” 

 

About Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts 

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The basis for the movie “FAME”, LaGuardia Arts is a model for arts schools throughout the world. It provide a uniquely balanced educational experience that includes a challenging college-preparatory academic program and rigorous conservatory-style training programs in Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Technical Theater. In 2012, LaGuardia Arts was named “One of America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, earning the Gold Medal Distinction. Also, LaGuardia Arts is unique in having two students (of only 20 nationwide) named Presidential Scholars in the Arts 2012. For more information please visit laguardiahs.org.

 

2011 on your way winners

Filmmaking

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Kimberly Greenwell

Denver School of the Arts, CO


My name is Kimberly Greenwell and I am currently a senior at Denver School of the Arts, majoring in video cinematography. Film, as an artistic medium, is one of the few things in this world that makes sense to me. The ability to capture, manipulate, and transform a moment in time so that it can be relived infinitely, is a beautiful experience to live for. As I have introduced myself to the industry and begun working on films, I have opened my mind in order to collaborate with a wide variety of people, and my work reflects my appreciation for those diversities. Although every new project is exciting, I’m always looking forward to the next time I can look through a camera lens with new ideas and opportunities to improve my work. Whether I am working independently and motivating my own films or working on an extensive crew with hundreds of job titles, I understand my responsibility in film and no matter what the task I know it must be accomplished flawlessly. I don’t believe there is any idea that is too ambitious, or any idea too small or subtle to be created into a brilliant work of art. We live in a world of over six billion people – what better way to tell each of our stories than through the art of film?

Musical Theater/Acting

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Leah Mattfield

Interlochen Arts Academy, MI


Leah Mattfield, a junior Theatre Arts student at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Leah has demonstrated a lifelong passion for performing, and has enjoyed numerous opportunities to perform with local theater companies and at community events, as well as in vocal competitions.

In addition to the On Your Way Student Talent Competition, and prior to joining the Interlochen community, Leah was honored to win several high school competitions during her freshman year in Alaska. Among these were the Anchorage Concert Chorus’ Vocal Scholarship Competition, 1st place; NATS Alaska Vocal Competition, 1st place (Musical Theater), 2nd place (Classical); and Sing For Scholarships Musical Theater Competition, 1st place. She participated as principle (Alto I) in the Allstate Choir Music Festival, and was later chosen to represent the musical theater division of the Alaska State Solo & Ensemble Festival in a “command performance” concert. That May, at the final round of the Classical Singer High School Competition held in New York City, she realized her childhood dream of a scholarship offer to attend Interlochen Arts Academy the following school year.

Leah has continued to step out while at Interlochen, most recently as a musical theatre soloist at their Fall Collage Concert. She studies voice, sings in the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir, and serves as a sophomore mentor. When at home, she is equally happy singing voluntarily, whether at senior residences, her brother’s baseball league openings, the Mayor’s Dinner, Anchorage Saturday Market Stage, or with her dad’s worship team in her home church. What Leah loves most is the ability to impact and bless an audience of any size, age or background. Removing someone’s mind from worries and woes or providing inspiration to others through performing is what truly motivates her to continue working diligently toward a career in musical theater.

Visual Arts

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Marie Sommers

Chiarts, IL

Marie is the oldest in a family of six girls and has been developing her artistic skills from a very young age with drawing, painting, sewing and even cooking. Both her parents work in the arts and have encouraged and challenged her to develop strong rendering skills and a creative mindset. At the age of fourteen, she was accepted into the Chicago High School for the Arts, one of only 150 students in the landmark school’s first year of offerings. She is currently a junior and striving to become a notable artist in the school’s first graduating class.

Marie’s primary focus has been figure work in acrylics, colored pencil and oils. Her work explores organic surfaces in a distressed, evolved form- challenging traditional notions of beauty and perfection.

Marie’s artwork has been displayed in small galleries in Chicago and showcased in a pictorial by fashion photographer Monica Skeisvoll. She has won The Alliance for Young Artists Pre College scholarship at Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2011, and several Scholastic Artist awards in 2010 and 2011. She is planning to continue her studies in painting and drawing, developing work which will allow her to attend a visual arts college of her choice after high school.

Classical Voice

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Ashley Traughber

High School for Performing and Visual Arts, TX

Ashley Traughber, a senior at High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), has been invited to join Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious High School Voice Studio, a scholarship program for eight high school seniors. She most recently was selected as a Merit Award winner for YoungArts, a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She is one of 64 vocalists to receive this designation out of the 5000+ who auditioned. Ms. Traughber has performed the role of “Child” in the premiere of the opera Simply Grimm for Lone Star Lyric Theatre Festival, as well as the role of “Girl Soprano” in the song cycle Pieces of 9/11 -Memories from Houston, by composer Jake Heggie and writer Gene Scheer, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Traughber was a Texas All-State Choir Member in 2011 and 2012 and the American Festival for the Arts Young Artist Competition Vocal Division winner in 2010. Her awards include Most Improved HSPVA Performer, HSPVA Outstanding Musicianship, and First Place winner in the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing (GHNATS) competition in 2010. Ms. Traugher has attended the American Festival for the Arts for three years and has been at HSPVA since her freshman year.