Four Shawnee Mission East students win scholarships in 2017 Shooting Stars awards

The Shawnee Mission East finalists in the Shooting Stars awards. Photo courtesy of Adam Finkelston
The Shawnee Mission East finalists in the Shooting Stars awards. Photo courtesy of Adam Finkelston

Four Shawnee Mission East students were awarded scholarships at the 20th annual Shooting Stars Gala on Sunday.

The Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC) awarded scholarships to 18 high school seniors, and recognized the 104 finalists nominated for the 2017 Shooting Stars Awards. The Shooting Stars Program honors Johnson County high school students for achievement in nine categories of literary, performing and visual arts.

Sean Overton was the first place winner in photography, Margaret McSweeney won first place in Production and Design, Joey Gasperi won first place in Strings and Ann Lomshek won second place in Three-Dimensional Art. All are students at SM East. Anthony Caruso of SM South placed first in Literature.

Nine $1,400 first-place scholarships and nine $700 second-place scholarships were awarded to recognize excellence in each category of art. The nine teachers that nominated the first-place student in each category also received a $350 honorarium. The program is supported by Johnson County and area foundations, corporations and individual donors

Several other NEJC students were among the finalists.