Local students awarded for their dedication to the arts

Scholarship recipients James Harkins, Kelsi Ellen Leer, Lucy Swenson and Hayley Rollins.

As part of its mission to provide financial resources to artists in the Cannon Beach community, the Cannon Beach Arts Association annually awards scholarships to support students who are pursuing higher education in the arts. This year, CBAA had the pleasure of awarding scholarships to four different students: Lucy Swenson, James Harkins, Kelsi Leer, and Hayley Rollins. Each student actively participates in different art forms ranging from musical arts and theater to visual arts. Three of the student will soon be continuing their education in the arts by pursuing degrees at universities throughout the nation.

Swenson, a multi-talented student from Seaside high school, loves to write her own music and has taken lessons in piano, guitar, flute, oboe and voice. She will be attending Bennington College starting in fall 2016 in hopes of studying music education, composition, or music therapy. The second recipient, James Harkins, has been involved in theater and has been the lead in several productions. He has also been an assistant director in a production of “Urinetown.”

Harkins plans on attending Old Dominion University in Virginia to continue his education in theater arts or film/creative media.

Kelsi Leer is a visual artist with a deep interest in animation and illustration. She has completed several art classes at Seaside high school such as Graphic Design and Drawing. Leer is planning on attending Clatsop Community College to study art and pursue her interests in animation. She later plans on transferring to Academy of Art University in California.

Hayley Rollins is our fourth recipient, and will be receiving the her award in recognition of her efforts to pass an Oregon bill establishing April 14th as Honorary Artists of Oregon Day. To celebrate and honor this day, Rollins worked with the Seaside High School staff and community to have 25 local artists come into the school and teach art workshops for all the students. The bill made April 14 Honorary Artists of Oregon day to celebrate art and artists, and to promote art education in the state of Oregon and to encourage engagement in artistic endeavors. 

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