Young Arts winner

Shreyah Mohanselvan of Gahanna, Ohio, is among 60 high school seniors nominated by the National YoungArts Foundation for a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts honor. (Shreyah Mohanselvan /Facebook photo)

An Indian American student, Shreyah Mohanselvan, is among 60 talented high school seniors nominated as 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation.

The students, representing 25 states and nine artistic disciplines, have been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their artistic achievement on the heels of the organization’s annual signature program, National YoungArts Week, which concluded in Miami Jan.14.

Mohanselvan of Gahanna, Ohio, has been nominated in the Indian classical dance discipline. She is a student of Columbus Academy.

The nominees are actors, dancers, singers, classical musicians, photographers, filmmakers, visual artists, designers and writers.

The candidate applications will be reviewed by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which will ultimately select 20 high school seniors to be recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts for their academic and artistic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service and outreach initiatives, and overall creativity, read a press release.

In June, the 20 arts scholars will join the other 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the National Recognition Program. During the program, all scholars receive a Presidential Medallion presented on behalf of the president of the United States and participate in several recognition activities while in Washington, D.C.

“These young leaders excel in everything that they do, from their artistry and inquisitiveness, to their academics and activism. YoungArts congratulates each of the nominees on their accomplishments, and we look forward to announcing the selected Arts Scholars this spring,” said Carolina García Jayaram, YoungArts president and CEO.

The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and details regarding the National Recognition Program will be announced in the coming months. 

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