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6/17/2013 2:38:00 PM
Sedona Arts Festival announces scholarship winners
Mingus Union High School recipients Dakota Jones and Jessica Reinhart
Mingus Union High School recipients Dakota Jones and Jessica Reinhart

The Sedona Arts Festival recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to five area students. Each student received $2000 toward their education at the college level with a major in the arts. All are students pursuing an artistic career and represent the wealth of talent in the area.

The Sedona Arts Festival scholarship committee, headed by SAF President Susann Terry-Gage, evaluates each application. Academic performance, artistic ability, and volunteerism in the arts community are all considered in the scoring process. A student must be accepted and enrolled in a higher education institution with a declared arts major to be eligible for an SAF scholarship.

Three Sedona Red Rock High School and two Mingus Union High School students were selected to receive scholarships this year. We are honored to support these students in their effort to pursue art as a career by continuing their education at the college level.

From Mingus Union High School:

Dakota Jones is an aspiring filmmaker. He has been behind the camera since middle school and loves to share meaningful stories. Dakota will take part in the Eletronic Media and Film program at Northern Arizona University.

Jessica Reinhart started out on stage crew and decided to step in front of the curtain as a sophomore. In her four years at Mingus, she participated in 11 productions while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Jessica has been accepted to Northern Arizona University's School of Music where she will be studying vocal performance, theatre, and English.

From Sedona Red Rock High School:

Celeste DeLuz was "born to perform." She has been involved in theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes for years. Involved in both school productions and community theatre, Celeste will now be a theatre major at Northern Arizona University.

Roberto Lomeli, Jr. has not only succeeded academically in high school, he has been involved extensively in cheerleading, dance teams, plays and musical performances. Roberto has been accepted to AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where he intends to study dance and performance.

Hannah Pigg is described by her teachers as a talented musician who excels academically and is active in her community. Hannah is proficient in piano, acting, and singing. She plans to major in both music and neuroscience in college.

Since its inception in 1989, the Sedona Arts Festival has donated nearly $300,000 to non-profit art and cultural organizations in the community as well as providing scholarships.

Scholarship funding is accomplished through our annual fine arts festival which will take place Oct. 12 and 13, on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School. One hundred percent of the proceeds from our raffle during the festival supports our scholarship fund. Additionally, a portion of our admission fee also makes this important funding possible. For more information about the Sedona Arts Festival, please visit the website at You can also follow us on Facebook for updates and previews of the upcoming festival.

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