More YoungArts Winners for New World School of the Arts

New World School of the Arts’ YoungArts winners have been chosen! Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, YoungArts announced this month the selection of close to 700 accomplished students from around the nation who made the list of winners. The NWSA Finalists this year are visual artists Carolina Marrero and Qadir Parris.

The 2022 NWSA YoungArts’ Honorable Mentions include: Pierangela Dozsa, Music – Voice; Biana Pinchuk, Music – Voice; Angelina Green, Theater; Alice Estrada, Visual Arts. The Merit Awards include: Roel Arazo, Music – Euphonium; Walker Klauda, Music – Composition; Lucas Netto, Music – Saxophone; Enrique Pulley, Music – Percussion; Bruno Tzinas, Music – Trombone; Brandon Flores, Music – Voice; Claire Joseph, Visual Arts; Alize Perez, Visual Arts.

Both students, recognized by their faculty and peers for their considerable talent in visual arts, also excel in their academic track, ranking among the highest in their graduating class of 2022. “Community involvement and volunteerism also rank high in their lives as students of NWSA,” noted Pamela Cabarcos, Guidance Counselor at NWSA. “Qadir has fed the underprivileged, participated in food drives, distributed blankets to homeless in the streets and in shelters. In school, he has painted murals to promote safe teen driving. In addition, he is the Senior Class Secretary, and his peers look up to him as a role model. He has also been an active member of the Black Student Union and Students Against Destructive Decisions.” Upon graduation, Parris would like to pursue a college major in Film and Video Media Production.

Carolina, who would like to pursue a college major in Photography and become a first-generation college graduate, is also deeply engaged with her school and in her community. “Since 9th grade, Carolina has volunteered at non-profit organization called Función Arte. Through art, she helped women who were in therapy for domestic abuse. Carolina explained the colors and their different meanings and how they can express and connect their emotions with color. She believes that this is her most meaningful experience because she feels she is making a difference in the life of these women in need,” said Cabarcos.

YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative, and professional development support throughout their entire careers. This year, YoungArts award winners at all levels will receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000 and the opportunity to learn from leading artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Mickalene Thomas. In addition, YoungArts Finalists are invited to participate in National YoungArts Week+ in January 2022 featuring virtual classes, workshops, and mentorship from leading artists in their fields as well as virtual performances and an exhibition for the public. Finalists are also eligible to be nominated to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given high school seniors bestowed by the President of the United States.