Florida School of the Arts honors graduates
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts), which is part of St. Johns River State College, recently honored graduates who completed the associate degree programs in the visual and performing arts. Areas of study at FloArts include visual art, stage management, dance performance, theater technology, acting and musical theater.
During the commencement ceremony, musical theatre students gave a vocal presentation of “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and arranged by Mac Huff. FloArts alumnus Tony DiTerlizzi, illustrator and creator of “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” delivered the commencement speech via a pre-recorded video.
The exhortation reading “Make Good Art” by Neil Gaiman, was given by FloArts student Isabelle Asma.
Four graduates received special awards. The Outstanding Graduate for Performing Arts Award was presented to Noah Mastoridis, who will be kicking off his acting career in South Florida. Sophie Clement, who will begin her career as a freelance photographer, was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate for Visual Arts Award. Angel Warren received the Outstanding Graduate for Design and Technical Theatre Award. She currently resides in Tennessee, where she will begin her job search in theatre. Sabrina Zhang, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement Award, plans on taking a gap year and then applying for her bachelor’s degree in digital arts at the University of Florida.
During the ceremony, retiring faculty member Stephanie Walter-Masterson was recognized for her 27 years at FloArts, where she taught voice and musical theater.
The 2021 degree and certificate candidates were Isabelle Rose Asma, Max Caroline Balch, Julie Christine Barnes, Nicole Joy Barnes, Yasmeen Romanet Berrios, Amanda Dawn Burroughs, Logen Kimberly Cheatham, Sophie Anne Clement, Viktoria Fancsali, Hailey Alyssa Fisher, Savanna Raine Flathmann, Lannie L. Floyd, Jonathan Michael Fort, Sage Renae Harris, Connor Matthew Hayes, Nathaniel Conner Heustis, Kora Leigh Jones, Dante Givon Jones Soto, Haley Koren Kroppman, Timothy Lake, Marcella Cristina Marques, Noah Evan Mastoridis, Maddison Jayde McBride, Rogerio Jeronimo Montenegro, Melissa Adriana Moore, Ryan William Plappert, Victoria Ellen Pontieri, Elijah Josiah Anthony Richardson-Grant, Kellin Zane Ronquille, Bryan Lee Sellers, Carine St. Juste, Katrin Maria Silvis, Rebecca Sarah Spohn, Collin James Wallman, Angel A. Warren and Sabrina Zhang.
The Florida School of the Arts 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 www.floarts.org.
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