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Washington Philanthropists Gather for The John F. Kennedy Center
Salute to the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars





Christina dePaul, Joan Shigekawa, Rocco Landsman and Marina McCarthy

Christina dePaul, Joan Shigekawa, Rocco Landsman and Marina McCarthy.
Photo Courtesy of YoungArts

Washington D.C.
(June 2010): On Monday, June 21, arts patrons and education supporters gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a VIP cocktail reception and performance in celebration of the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Earlier that day, 141 of the nation's brightest young scholars, including twenty YoungArts finalists, were officially named U.S. Presidential Scholars in a highly anticipated White House ceremony. These select students were presented a Presidential Medallion by President Obama, awarding them the highest honor bestowed on the nation's graduating high school seniors by the U.S. Department of Education and The Commission on Presidential Scholars.

In addition to being named Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the twenty YoungArts finalists exhibited their work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; in celebration of the impressive group of 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The reception included an incredible performance by violinist Sandy Cameron, a YoungArts Alumna and Harvard University graduate. Notable guests included famed dancer/choreographer and 1986 YoungArts Alumnus and Presidential Scholar Desmond Richardson, President of Miami-Dade College, Eduardo J. Padrón, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa, Izette Folger, Ginny Mancini, Commissioner Marian McCarthy, Richard Koshalck, Lin Arison, Sarah Arison, documentary filmmaker Ali Codina and Michael Maccoby.

About YoungArts

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). It is the signature national program that recognizes and supports America?s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts is the sole nominating agency for Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The foundation provides emerging artists with financial support and life changing experiences with internationally renowned artists. YoungArts alumni go on to become leading professionals in their fields. Alumni include Emmy nominated actress Vanessa Williams, three-time Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, star of HBO?s Entourage Adrian Grenier and Warner Brothers Recording Artist Josh Groban. For more information, visit


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