JM students awarded scholarships

May. 11, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Summer camp can be a life-changing experience for anyone, but especially for artists who have a chance to explore their creative passions. For nine Jordan-Matthews High School students, that life-changing experience is just weeks away.

The Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation has selected nine students to receive Summer Arts Scholarships for study in music, art and theater.

“Last year, went sent five students to camp,” said foundation president Rose Pate. “Because of the generosity of our members, we are thrilled to be able to almost double the number of students we can help.”

Four of the scholarships will go to ninth graders, all of whom are talented instrumentalists. Calin Alston and Delena Carcamo-Melgar will be attending the Summer Band Camp at East Carolina University. Both have been playing saxophone since middle school and, Pate said, are ready to get the most out of the intense study the ECU camp provides.

Two more freshmen, Jordan Dwyer and Orlando Benitez, will attend camps on other college campuses. Benitez will sharpen his trumpet skills at the UNCG Summer Music Camp in Greensboro, while Jordan Dwyer will study songwriting at the Contemporary Folk Week workshop during Warren Wilson College’s Swannanoa Gathering.

The lone sophomore recipient, Carly Martinelli, will join junior Tambria Marsh at the UNC High School Music Camp in Chapel Hill. “As soon as camp ended last year, I was ready to come back,” said Martinelli. “I felt like last year I was dipping my toes in the water, and this year I’m ready to jump in!”

Three more rising seniors round out the group.

Heath Smith, a gifted pianist and artist, will expand his horizons this summer into technical theater at The ArtsCenter 10 by 10 by Teens Theatre Tech camp in Carrboro, where students create costumes, sets and lighting for a production all in one week.

Arianna Parker-Lewis will explore a variety of media arts through The Art Institute of Charlotte’s Summer Studio program, while choral student Tisha Martin will join Orlando at the UNCG Summer Music Camp.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success of our Summer Arts Scholarships program,” said Pate. “The outpouring of support from the community has been tremendous. It not only allows students to build their skills, but also catch a vision of the creative life that inspires them to be more involved in the arts when they return to Jordan-Matthews in the fall.”

For more information about the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, including details about the camps students will attend, visit jmarts.org.