MHS senior Julia Zeimentz and sophomore Shruti Parthasarathy were two of fewer than 800 winners nationally in the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation competition.
Parthasarathy was awarded the highest honor for her exceptional artistic achievement in performing arts category for Bhartatanatyam, Indian classical dance. Zeimentz received a merit award in voice/popular voice category.
Since 1980, the National YoungArts Foundation has partnered with educators, after-school, summer, and community arts programs to seek out, identify and recognize emerging outstanding young artistic talent.
Parthasarathy was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal earlier this month.
Recipients are selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists. Just 10 percent of applicants from 47 states were named 2018 winners. Of this year’s 757 winners, some have been awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Altogether, 781 awards have been attributed: 171 have been named finalists, the organization’s highest honor; 270 are honorable mention; and 340 are merit winners.
This year’s finalists, including Parthasarathy, have the opportunity to participate in the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami on Jan. 7-14. All winners become part of a professional network of more than 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs.
YoungArts alumni include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton and Jennifer Koh; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; television writer, producer, and director Jenji Kohan; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.
"I am thankful for being recognized by the YoungArts Foundation and I'm sure it will be an experience that I will cherish forever," Parthasarathy said. "I am blessed to have this opportunity and attend the master classes and learn from the best during the YoungArts Week in Miami. ... I’m incredibly grateful to my Guru Smt. Medha Hari for her endless support and willingness to present me with challenges that push me as a dancer every single day.”
Visit the National Young Arts Foundation website to learn more.