Shawnee Mission Students Earn Shooting Stars Scholarships

Shawnee Mission Students Earn Shooting Stars Scholarships
Tash Davis

Members of the Shawnee Mission Class of 2021 were recognized this spring for their artistic excellence. The Shooting Stars program honors graduating senior artists and arts educators for their artistic achievements with college scholarships, awards, and honorariums.

All Shooting Stars finalists and scholarship recipients were recently announced during the Shooting Stars virtual gala, presented by the Arts Council of Johnson County.

Arts teachers from schools throughout Johnson County are invited to nominate students each year. Students are nominated for achievement in literacy, performing, and visual arts.

This year’s Shawnee Mission Shooting Star Scholarship Recipients are:

Literature
Maria Heath, First place, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Caroline Ewing

Winds and Percussion 
Jay Setzer, First place, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Steve Adams

3D Visual Art 
Sienna Sun, First place, Shawnee Mission East High School, nominated by Adam Finkelston

 

Shawnee Mission student finalists include: 
Literature   
Mackenzie Clevenger, Shawnee Mission East High School, nominated by Amy Andersen

Photography 
Grace Strongman, Shawnee Mission East High School, nominated by Adam Finkelston 
Maura Dayton, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, nominated by Kimberly Ruttan 

Production & Design 
Ruth Long, Shawnee Mission North High School, nominated by Ben Bartlett 

Theatre Performance (including voice) 
Caroline Kuhlman, Shawnee Mission East High School, nominated by Brian Cappello 
Seneca Sims, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Mark Swezey 
Jeremy Taylor, Shawnee Mission North High School, nominated by Chris Palmer

Three-Dimensional Art 
Evangeline Ellingsworth, Shawnee Mission North High School, nominated by Chandra Beadelston
Riley Peters, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Cortney Dougherty

Two-Dimensional Art 
Evelyn Goering, Shawnee Mission North High School, nominated by Stephanie Dalley 
Arianna Allen, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, nominated by Melissa Terryberry 
Emilia Gibbs, Shawnee Mission East High School, nominated by Adam Finkelston 
Bethany Allison, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Jill Oliver
Brianna Bona, Shawnee Mission West High School, nominated by Doug Catloth
Vance Lor, Shawnee Mission West High School, nominated by Elijah Schraad

Winds & Percussion 
Jay Selzer, Shawnee Mission South High School, nominated by Steve Adams
Peder Thomas, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, nominated by Ann Snead

The arts council awarded nine first place scholarships of $1,400 each, nine second place scholarships of $700 each and nine teacher honorariums of $300 at the gala. The Shooting Stars Recognition, Scholarship & Awards Program was created in 1997, by former Arts Council of Johnson County chairman Bob Endres.

“Bob’s vision was to create a program that celebrated young Johnson County artists for their artistic excellence in high school. Only the best of the best high school artists are chosen to participate in the Shooting Stars Program,” Sarah VanLanduyt, ACJC Executive Director shares.

The program is supported by Johnson County and area foundations, corporations and individual donors.

View the virtual gala