NEJC high schoolers show well at 2015 Shooting Stars gala

"Vigil of Angel Hooper," one of SM East student Andrew Hartnett's photographs.
“Vigil of Angel Hooper,” one of SM East student Andrew Hartnett’s photographs.
SM North students Chelsea Turner and Forest Kinsey won first place scholarships at this year's Shooting Stars Gala.
SM North students Chelsea Turner and Forest Kinsey won first place scholarships at this year’s Shooting Stars Gala.

Students from northeast Johnson County left quite an impression with the judges for this year’s Shooting Stars Arts Scholarship program.

SM East students won a program-leading four scholarships at the gala celebration held last weekend. SM North students earned two scholarships, as well.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Shooting Stars Gala recognizes some of the top high school artistic talent in the county. The Arts Council of Johnson County selects two scholarship recipients for each of nine categories: literature, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, photography, production and design, strings, theatre performance, voice classical, and winds and percussion.

Local winners this year were:

  • First place in literature: Forest Kinsey, SM North; Maureen Davis, nominating teacher
  • First place in photography: Andrew Hartnett, SM East; Adam Finkleston, nominating teacher
  • First place in strings: Molly Gasperi, SM East; Jonathan Lane, nominating teacher
  • First place in theatre performance: Chelsea Turner, SM North; Maureen Davis, nominating teacher
  • Second place in theatre performance: Abby Cramer, SM East;
  • Second place in production and design: Katie Sgroi, SM East

First place winners receive a $1,400 scholarship. Second place winners receive a $700 scholarship. Nominating teachers receive a $350 honorarium.