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Rising Star Awards

Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards Celebration

Each autumn for the past 18 years, PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award has celebrated high school students who excel in the arts. Arthur C. Greene was an actor, director, and Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia from 1960-1992. He devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people, and the awards were so named in his honor.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. We also receive nominations from area nonprofits, such as Live Arts, Light House Studio, Charlottesville Ballet, and Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center.

On October 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm at CitySpace, PCA will host the annual Rising Star Awards Celebration & Exhibition Opening to honor the 2015 Rising Star winners. The program, held every autumn, features student performances, awards ceremony, reception, and gallery exhibition featuring students’ accomplishments. The event is FREE and open to the public.

In addition to a certificate of achievement, each student receives a locally crafted Rising Star pin made by Jan Elmore.

Beginning in 2015, students are also admitted to a Rising Stars Alumni Network, where they will be able to connect with past recipients for networking and mentorship opportunities. If you have received a Rising Star award at any point in the program’s 19-year history, please contact us.

The 2015 Rising Star Award recipients are:

Alfred Bardwell-Evans, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Aliece Carney, Covenant School
Elizabeth Culbertson, Light House Studio
Kathy DeLoria, Albemarle High School
Laura Grice, Western Albemarle High School
Emmet Haden, Albemarle High School
Charlotte Hendrix, Covenant School
Berkeley Hoerr, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Micah Hunter-Chang, Charlottesville High School
Tristan Johnson, Murray High School
Ny-Jhee Tyrique Jones, Monticello High School
Emma Kane, Charlottesville High School
Kate Kayton, Charlottesville Ballet/Charlottesville High School
Alex Kingsley, Western Albemarle High School
Julia Klein, Western Albemarle High School
Saoirse Lee, Charlottesville High School
Obed Restituyo Perez, PCA/Monticello High School/Albemarle High School
Sydney Nicholson, Monticello High School
Taylor Thompson, Monticello High School
Olivia Vande Woude, Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center/St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Catherine Wells, Monticello High School
Kayli Wren, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Pingyi Zhu, Albemarle High School

Join us on October 2 at CitySpace to celebrate these students and their remarkable achievements!