Baltimore student named Presidential Scholar in the Arts

May 05, 2006|By SARA NEUFELD | SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER

Shalita Grant, an aspiring actress and a senior at Baltimore School for the Arts, was named yesterday a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of 20 students nationwide and the only one in Maryland to receive the honor.

Shalita and the other presidential scholars are scheduled to be honored June 26 at a ceremony in Washington.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize some of the country's most distinguished high school seniors, according to information the program provided. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

Each year, up to 141 students are named presidential scholars, 121 for their academic abilities and 20 for artistic achievements.

The only students eligible for the arts awards are those selected as finalists in the annual Arts Recognition and Talent Search conducted by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Each year, 160 students spend a week in Miami showing their work, attending workshops and competing for prizes. In Miami this year, Grant won the silver medal in theater, a $5,000 prize.

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