13 NEJC students named finalists for 2015 Shooting Stars Awards

Thirteen SM East and SM North students are among the talented youth in the running for this year’s Arts Council of Johnson County Shooting Stars Awards.

Launched in 1997, the Shooting Stars Awards recognize the most gifts literary, performing and visual artists in Johnson County. To be eligible, students must be a graduating high school senior residing in the county who is nominated by a high school arts teacher. A total of 109 students across the county were named finalists in nine categories.

SM East senior Abby Cramer is one of the seven seniors from the school nominated for the Shooting Stars Awards.
SM East senior Abby Cramer is one of the seven seniors from the school nominated for the Shooting Stars Awards.

The finalists from SM East are:

  • Sarah Cook, nominated by Adam Finkelston for 2-D visual art
  • Elizabeth Roussos, nominated by Wanda Simchuk for 3-D visual art
  • Katie Sgroi, nominated by Tom DeFeo for Production and Design
  • Andrew Hartnett, nominated by Adam Finkelston for Photography
  • Molly Gasperi, nominated by Jonathan Lane for Strings
  • Abby Cramer, nominated by Brian Cappello for Theatre Performance
  • Rachel Kim, nominated by Kim Harrison for Winds and Percussion

The finalists from SM North are:

  • Forest Kinsey, nominated by Maureen Davis for Literature
  • Matthew Mahr, nominated by Chris Palmer for Production and Design
  • Brianna Sinsel, nominated by Karen McGhee-Hensel for Strings
  • Chelsea Turner, nominated by Maureen Davis for Theatre Performance
  • Michael Webb, nominated by Juli O’Mealey Simmons for Voice
  • Cody Young, nominated by Chad Reed for Voice

This year’s winners will be announced at the annual Shooting Stars Awards Gala Sunday, March 29 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. The winners are eligible for college scholarships from the program.