MILTON, Ga. — Owen Claire Smith from Milton High School, has been named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention Winner in Theater. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, Miss Smith has been recognized for her outstanding artistic achievement and joins the nation’s most promising young artists from 40 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts. The 2017 winners represent the top 8.67% of all applications.
Miss Smith was awarded for her performance in theater that demonstrates exceptional technique; a strong sense of artistry; and a depth of thinking and performance that exceeds the level of her peers at this career stage.
As one of 8 national winners in this category, Miss Smith will receive a medallion and monetary award, and was invited to participate in a week-long regional program held in New York City, Miami or Los Angeles. She will also have opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs nationwide, engage with renowned mentors and receive guidance in taking important steps toward achieving her artistic goals. Milton High School will also receive a plaque in her name.
“YoungArts is thrilled to announce our 2017 Winners, all of whom represent the very best of the next generation of artists in this country,” Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “As we welcome new finalists to Miami each January, and engage hundreds of winners nationwide through our Regional Programs thereafter, it becomes increasingly clear how much this organization has grown—and continues to grow—into an astounding network of emerging and professional artists, and one with global reverberations. I look forward to meeting this year’s winners and seeing how they flourish as members of the artistic community. Congratulations to all.”
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