Florida School of the Arts honors graduates
Florida School of the Arts recently bid farewell to graduates now on their way to pursue careers in art galleries, on stage or behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Many will continue their education at universities before finding their niche in the arts. The College honored students who received their associate degrees in the visual and performing arts at the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus.
The commencement speech was given by FloArts alumnus Ben Brotemarkle, Ph.D., executive director of the Florida Historical Society. Brotemarkle advised the graduates to never stop learning and to stay focused on their aspirations. "Always follow your dreams, but don't be afraid to take the unexpected path," he said, referencing his own stint as a creator, producer and host of "The Arts Connection," a weekly radio program featured on National Public Radio (NPR).
Outstanding graduates were also recognized during the ceremony. The award for Outstanding Graduate in the Performing Arts was presented to Havilah Moore. Moore will continue her studies in dance at Florida State University.
The award for Outstanding Graduate in the Visual Arts was presented to Cody Burke. Burke will continue his studies at the University of North Florida in the sculpture program.
The Outstanding Academic Achievement award was presented to studio art student Wilhelmina Cerri-Bartels. Bartels will continue her studies at the University of North Florida.
The Outstanding Graduate Award for Design and Technical Theatre was presented to Kylee Risdon. Risdon will attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where she will continue her studies in stage management.
Florida School of the Arts graduates are as follows: Wilhelmina Cerri-Bartels, Caitlin Marie Charrier, Kahli Clarke, James Collins, Drew Cossa, Caitlin Davis, Richard D’Onofrio, Michael England, Morgan Erickson, Savannah Faulkner, Devin Fuentes, Johan Gallardo Nunez, Jalbelly Guzman, Gordia Hayes, Alicia Hill, William Holley IV, Laura Howard, Melissa Hund, Emma Kriausky, Eduardo Marin, Savannah Mitchell, Pascale Molina, Havilah Moore, Morgan Motes, Brianna Osmond, Katy Ann Page, Brandon Ridener, Kylee Risdon, Ritchie Luis Rodriguez, Emerson Smith-von Wiegen, Emma Stimpson, Carrington Jeno Tate, Remy Vignati and Angel Warren.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study: visual art, stage management, dance performance, theater technology, acting and musical theater. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State. Students produce and perform in approximately four visual art exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts, call 386-312-4300 or visit online at floarts.org.
The commencement speech was given by FloArts alumnus Ben Brotemarkle, Ph.D., executive director of the Florida Historical Society.
FloArts instructor Dan Askew presents the award for Outstanding Graduate in the Visual Arts to Cody Burke.
FloArts dance instructors Mary Love Ward and Jessica Mayhew present Havilah Moore with the award for Outstanding Graduate in the Performing Arts.
FloArts instructor Patricia Crotty presents Kylee Risdon with the award for Outstanding Graduate in Design and Technical Theatre.
FloArts Dean Alain Hentschel presents Wilhelmina Cerri-Bartels with the Outstanding Academic Achievement award.
2017 Florida School of the Arts Graduates
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