FAC Weekly Update

January 28, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope that you and yours have had a wonderful week! Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Take Aim at What You Are Willing to Earn

“It won’t always go your way, so you can’t get trapped in this idea that just because you’ve imagined a possibility for yourself that you somehow deserve it. Your entitled mind is dead weight. Cut it loose. Don’t focus on what you think you deserve. Take aim on what you are willing to earn!”

David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds*


Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Friday, April 8, 2022, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wjV1Gi2DmGQEfKgJ9.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

Poetry Out Loud - Regional Finalists

Congratulations to FAC students Emily Allison (Creative Writing, Grade 10) and Harper Scott (Theatre Performance, Grade 12) for earning a spot in the Region 2 finals of the Poetry Out Loud SC competition! Emily and Harper are two of the four finalists vying to be named state champion. Way to go!

Preston Spisak - National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to FAC Percussionist Preston Spisak for being accepted into the National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA)! Preston is a senior in the FAC Percussion Studio and is one of our All-Day students at the FAC. NYO-USA is an extremely competitive music ensemble, bringing in musicians from across the country. Here is a description of NYO-USA from their website:

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a multi-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors.

In summer 2022, NYO-USA will tour Europe under the baton of Daniel Harding and with guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Congratulations, Preston!

All-County Band

Congratulations to the following members of the FAC Winds and Percussion Studio for earning a spot in the All-County Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band!

Wind Ensemble

  • Ian Scogin, Principal flute
  • Landon Taylor, Principal alto sax
  • Thomas Carter, Principal tenor sax
  • Zach Sanderson, Principal bari sax
  • Elija Hicks, Principal trumpet
  • Wilson Stokes, Principal French horn
  • Buddy Miller, 2nd trombone
  • Tyler Bush, Principal tuba
  • Morgan Scott, Principal percussion
  • Liam Morgan, 2nd percussion
  • Jacob Shum, 3rd percussion
  • Jonathan Wilson, 4th percussion
  • Lucas White, 5th percussion
  • Samuel Bursch, 7th percussion
  • Preston Spisak, Principal timpani

Symphonic Band
  • Leonie Stollberg, Principal flute
  • Matthew Revilla, 3rd clarinet
  • Caleb Jiva, 7th clarinet
  • Charlie Hinson, 17th clarinet
  • Evan Smith, Principal alto sax
  • David Hamme, 6th trumpet
  • Allwyn Edwards, 2nd percussion
  • Michael Karr, 6th percussion


Scholarship Opportunities

James F. Brynes Foundation

$4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Watson-Brown Foundation

Provides need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. Deadline: February 8, 2022.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

Hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com. Deadline: February 21, 2022.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


GCYO's "Shoulder to Shoulder" Concert

Don't miss the annual GCYO/GSO "Shoulder to Shoulder" concert - Saturday, January 29 at the Peace Center. This performance features members of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra playing alongside members of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, click on the following link - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/gcyo-shoulder-to-shoulder.
FAC Theatre Senior Caroline Belangia will be performing in SC Children’s Theatre’s production of Robin Hood from January 28-Feb 6. Tickets and more information can be found at https://scchildrenstheatre.org/robin-hood/.

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 3 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • February 18, 21 - No School for Students and Teachers - Presidents' Day
  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

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Returning Students: FAC 2022-2023 School Year

Thank you to our FAC students who re-applied for the 2022-2023 school year! Please note the following information to lock in your spot.

  • Remember to maintain good attendance, a strong work ethic, and timely submission of assignments. At the FAC, excellence is not a single act, but a daily expectation.
  • If you are auditioning to move to a different program, pay close attention to your email and the audition timeline (posted on our website).
  • ALL students will need to accept their offer to attend the FAC, which will be pushed out through your student Backpack account on Monday, March 28. The deadline to accept your offer will be Monday, April 4. If you do not accept the offer, you do not get your spot.

COVID Reporting - Request from the FAC

Has your child tested positive for COVID, or are they a close-contact with someone who has? Given the large volume of reports that GCS High Schools are doing, there are times when we do not get reporting information from them. Therefore, please be sure to notify both your home-base high school AND the FAC when you report a positive COVID test and/or close-contact scenario. Doing so will help us to keep accurate attendance reports.

Thank you for your help with this!

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. https://forms.gle/zgmpDdyW2a7iPmVY8

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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Core Values

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  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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