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
Preston Spisak - National Youth Orchestra
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
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/
FAC STUDENTS PERFORMING IN THE COMMUNITY
GCYO's "Shoulder to Shoulder" Concert
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.
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
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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:
- Events: Kristin Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 864-421-3258
- Membership & Merchandise - Michele Turner, email@example.com, 864-968-5090
- Treasurer - Kathy Hennessy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 864-346-0911
- Volunteers - Niki Peters, email@example.com, 864-444-6511
- Lisa Lyvers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 662-466-1333
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.