Three SM East students last week were named recipients of the 2012 Shooting Stars Scholarships.
Awarded each year since 1997, the scholarships honor graduating seniors from across Johnson County who have produced exemplary work in one of nine arts categories: literature, photography, strings, theatre performance, theatre technical work, three dimensional art, two dimensional art, classical vocals, and wind and percussion.
The winners from SM East were: Natalie Piece, who took home the second prize scholarship in photography, Ian Wiseman, who took home the second prize scholarship for strings, and Sara King, who took home the second prize scholarship for three dimensional art.
The teachers who nominated the winning students also receive an honorarium.
Since the program was founded by Robert Endres, it has provided awards of over $200,000 for more than 1,000 students, and $60,000 in teacher honorariums.
The winners from among the 103 student finalists were recognized at the annual Shooting Stars Gala April 1 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary at at Johnson County Community College.