LYAA Unveils Top Young Artists

Wednesday - November 17, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Leeward Young Artist Award winners (above, front from left) are Beethoven Sausal, Hunter Ashak, Vincent Bercasio, (back) Kalissa Pundyke, Jessica Samante, Sargie Mae Agcaoili, Julia Kuratsu and Shevelle Kalaola.  Photos from David Sayre.

The 17th annual Leeward Young Artist Awards program announced this year’s winning group of creative keiki during a Nov. 9 ceremony at Kapolei Hale.

The evening honored a total of 48 students who were selected out of more than 250 entries from 19 West Oahu public schools.

Among the 10 student winners are kindergartner Hunter Ashak from Kapolei Elementary; Stanesha Hutsell, grade 1, Makakilo Elementary; Shevelle Kalaola, grade 6, Manana Elementary; Kalissa Pundyke, grade 6, Ewa Elementary; Vincent Bercasio, grade 7, Highlands Intermediate; Julia Kuratsu, grade 8, Kapolei Middle School; Jessica Samante, grade 8, Ewa Makai Middle School; Jasmine Del Rosario, grade 9, Pearl City High; Beethoven Sausal, grade 10, Waipahu High; and Sargie Mae Agcaoili, a junior at Kapolei High.

In addition, the Honolulu Academy of Arts awarded scholarships to three students to attend arts classes at the Academy Art Center. They are Ewa Makai fourth-grader Kammi Matsumoto, Highlands Intermediate seventh-grader Vincent Vercasio and Apoga Sifagaloa, who is a senior at Waianae High School.

Finalist Kammi Matsumoto is among three students to receive a Honolulu Academy of Arts Scholarship.

Artwork from all finalists will be on display in the Kapolei Hale lobby until Nov. 15. Momilani Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Campbell High schools also boast students who were among the 38 finalists.

Campbell Estate established the Leeward Young Artist Awards as a way to recognize the important role the arts play in the development of young minds.

The sponsors’ list includes Walmart, the state Department of Education’s Leeward District, the City and the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.

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