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Friday, April 24, 2020

The Art Must Go On: Highlands Students Accepted to Governor’s School for the Arts

Highlands Orchestra, led by teacher Kathy Anderson, performs AC DC's Thunderstruck earlier this school year.

by Robin Gee

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts program celebrates students’ creative pursuits in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music, creative writing, dance, drama, musical theatre, film and photography, art and design, and new media. Two Highlands students have been accepted to attend the summer arts immersion program for 2020.

For 2020, Highlands students Kendall Neundorfer was selected for creative writing and Harrison Pawsat for cello. Samuel Contreras was selected as an alternate for creative writing.

The program is held at the University of Kentucky campus and includes daily seminars, master-class instruction, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips. Faculty includes professional artists and educators in all fields. In all, 256 students from across the state are invited to participate.

High school juniors and sophomores may apply to the program on their own with a recommendation from a teacher and administrator. Application requirements vary according to the discipline and may include auditions, portfolios, essays or other work.

At this time, the program is scheduled to be held from June 28 through July 18, but organizers are keeping an eye on state health and safety guidelines and will report any changes to student participants.

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