Students Honored at CTAC's Youth Arts Awards Night!

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May 02, 2017
During the Annual Youth Arts Festival each spring, Crooked Tree Arts Center celebrates and showcases the talents of Emmet and Charlevoix communities’ youth. The month-long festival includes the Youth Art Show, the Culinary Arts Showcase, the Young Writers Juried Exposition, the Spring Strings Concert, and the Youth Arts Awards Night.
On Wednesday, April 26, the Arts Center recognized area youth’s accomplishments in the arts. During the event, students of the Dorothy Gerber Music Education Program, Crooked Tree Youth Orchestra and Jazz Band, School of Ballet, and graduating students who intend to further pursue the arts in their secondary education were honored. CTAC School of Ballet Artistic Director, Heather Raue, and dance instructor, Karrie Benedict acknowledged their dancers, while Kevin Richardson, Interim Music Education Director, recognized his students for the accomplishments they earned over the past year.
Along with CTAC’s dancers and musicians, four graduating seniors were honored and awarded $1,000 scholarships to put toward their education. The following high school seniors are the 2017 recipients of the Crooked Tree Arts Scholarships:
Adriano Macciocchi of Emmet County will be graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy. Adriano intends to pursue a degree in Percussion Performance on a full scholarship at the University of Michigan.
Olivia Coolman of Grand Traverse County will be graduating from Traverse City West High School. Olivia has decided to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan to pursue a degree in Dance and Exercise Science.
Jacob Shoup of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, currently attends Interlochen Arts Academy and will be graduating this spring. Jacob plans to study Dance and Performing Arts at one of the following institutions: Mercyhurst University, Butler University, Boston Conservatory or Columbia University.
​Camella Zipp of Charlevoix County will be graduating from Boyne City High School. Camella is set to attend North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, to study Arts & Design, with a concentration in Animation.
"The four graduating seniors selected to receive the CTAC Youth Arts Scholarships represent individuals who have achieved artistic and academic success during their high school careers,” says Dr. Paula Welmers, CTAC Scholarship Selection Committee Chair. “The scholarships are a statement of community recognition and encouragement for these talented individuals as they continue on their chosen paths at the collegiate level."
The four CTAC Youth Arts Scholarships, and the Youth Arts Festival are made possible by generous support from the Kroeger-Mainland Family Fund of Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.
For more information about the Awards Night, Youth Arts Festival, or other Arts Center programs, visit or call (231) 347-4337. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey, and at 322 6th Street, Traverse City.
Photo: Two of the four Crooked Tree Arts Scholarship recipients attended the Youth Arts Awards Night on April 26. Dr. Paula Welmers, CTAC Scholarship Selection Committee Chair proudly stands with Adriano Macciocchi and Camella Zipp. Photo courtesy of Paul Retherford Photography.

Megan Kelto, Associate Director, (231) 941-9488