PALATKA, Fla., June 27 -- St. Johns River State College (formerly the St. Johns River Community College) issued the following news release:
Florida School of the Arts recently bid farewell to 33 graduates now on their way to pursue careers in art galleries, on stage or behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Many will continue their education at universities before finding their niche in the arts. The College honored students who received their associate degrees in the visual and performing arts at the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus.
The commencement speech was given by FloArts alumnus Tom Pearson. Pearson's talent has taken him to New York City where he is the artistic director for Third Rail Project, a dance company known for bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, video and multi-media projects.
During the ceremony, outstanding graduate awards were also presented.
The award for Outstanding Graduate in the Visual Arts went to Adell Coulliette.
Two students were honored with awards for Outstanding Graduate in Design and Technical Theatre - Dane Hansen and Andrew Crews.
The award for Outstanding Graduate in the Performing Arts went to Emily Topper.
The award for Outstanding Graduate in Academic Achievement went to Amanda Jones.
Florida School of the Arts graduates are as follows: Allen Ball, Kellie Beck, Talia Byerly, Jaryd Byrd, Jason Cazella, Teniyah Christian, Adell Coulliette, Andrew Crews, Jordy Diaz, Amber Douglas, Tobias Evans, Amber Greene, Mario Guzman, Dane Hansen, George Hawkins, Mary Beth Hietapelto, Alexandria Holloway, Joshua Holt, Amanda Jones, Timothy LeWarne, Carly Moore, Alexis Najarro, Douglas Parlette, Alexandria Quinn, Donald Reddick, Christopher Robertson, Janely Rodriguez, Lindsey Schroyer, Jake Scozzaro, Erika Larissa Steele, Anna Styron, Emily Topper and Alexis York.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards the two-year associate degree in the following areas of study: fine art, graphic design, dance (ballet and contemporary), production/design, acting and musical theatre. The School serves the entire state of Florida. Admission is based on an audition or portfolio review, an interview with the faculty and admission to SJR State. Students produce and perform in approximately four visual arts exhibitions and 10 performances each year. For more information about Florida School of the Arts call 386-312-4300 or visit online at FLOARTS.ORG.
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