2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts candidates

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) has named four Interlochen Arts Academy students among the list of nominees for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Creative writing students Olivia Alger (IAA 14-17, IAC 14) and Alexa Bleasdale-Curnutte (IAA 14-17), horn student Elisabeth Pesavento (IAA 13-17, IAC 13) and theatre student Jeremy Gill (IAA 15-17, IAC 15) are among the 60 nominees for the prestigious award.

Nominees are selected on the basis of academic and artistic excellence, as well as their commitment to community service. Arts Scholars are selected from eligible winners of awards from The National YoungArts Foundation, which is the only nominating agency for Arts Scholars.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the 60 nominees and choose 20 students as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. These 20 students will join 141 other Presidential Scholars in Washington D.C. for an awards ceremony in June. All Scholars will receive a Presidential Medallion, and Arts Scholars will present their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Since the founding of the Presidential Scholars in 1964, 43 Interlochen Arts Academy students have been recognized as Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!