Four Young Arts finalists

Four Young Arts finalists

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) has several more names to add to its growing list of students excelling in the arts. Four SCGSAH students were named 2014 YoungArts finalists by the National YoungArts Foundation, an organization that discovers the next generation of outstanding visual, literary and performing artists.

Selected from SCGSAH were Hassiem Muhammad (Cayce) and Christian Strange (Columbia) from the Drama Department, along with Iain Espey (Six Mile) and Jackson Trice (Simpsonville) from the Creative Writing Department. The students were recognized for their talent and outstanding work in their respective art areas. Muhammad and Strange were selected from a pool of 1,218 Theater applicants, while Espey and Trice were selected from a pool of 1,680 Creative Writing applicants.

The four will travel to Miami from Jan. 6-12, along with students from 46 states to take master classes with some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment. While in Miami, students will also compete for up to $10,000, scholarships, professional opportunities and a chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Muhammad, Strange, Espey and Trice join an elite and accomplished group of artists and entertainers. YoungArts alumni include Scandalstar Kerry Washington, Tony Award-winning and Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis and critically acclaimed authors Allegra Goodman and David Lipsky.

SCGSAH Creative Writing students McKayla Conahan (North Myrtle Beach), Cu Fleshman (Winnsboro), Kirby Knowlton (Columbia) also won merit awards in the YoungArts competition.