2019 Shooting Star Finalists Announced

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The Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC) announces 101 finalists have been nominated for the 2019 Shooting Stars Awards. The Shooting Stars Program promotes the positive impact arts education has on our students by honoring student achievement in the literary, performing and visual arts, providing students with resources to help them achieve their creative career goals, awarding scholarships for college and supporting teachers with honorariums. Shooting Stars scholarship award recipients will be announced at the 22nd annual Shooting Stars Gala at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

“This special recognition program was created in 1997 by former ACJC chairman Bob Endres,” said Sarah VanLanduyt, ACJC Executive Director. “Bob’s vision was to create a program that celebrated young Johnson County artists for their artistic excellence in high school. Only the best of the best high school artists are chosen to participate in the Shooting Stars Program.”

Since its founding, the Shooting Stars program has awarded more than $400,000 in college scholarships and $65,000 in teacher honorariums. At the Shooting Stars Gala on April 7,2019, nine first place scholarships of $1,400 each, nine second place scholarships of $700 each and nine teacher honorariums of $350 each will be awarded. The program is supported by Johnson County and area foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Students are nominated by their Arts teachers for this recognition. Arts teachers from schools throughout Johnson County are invited to nominate students each year. Students who live in Johnson County but attend school outside of the county also may be nominated by their Arts teachers.

Congratulations and best of luck to these these GEHS students: 

Breanna Shelton nominated by Jeff Lady, Gardner-Edgerton High School

Jordan Proctor nominated by Brian Scott, Gardner-Edgerton High School

Logan Peralez nominated by Logan Peralez, Gardner-Edgerton High School

Kara Groshong nominated by Barb McCormick, Gardner-Edgerton High School

Long Vo nominated by Toni Britt, Gardner-Edgerton High School

Riley Buck nominated by Kelli Baker, Gardner-Edgerton High School

 Katherine Long nominated by Will Biggs, Gardner-Edgerton High School