Earning two of the twenty U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts this year, New World School of the Arts once again brings home to Miami the coveted honor, representing its distinguished theater program. The Scholars, Ishmael Gonzalez and Elena Gonzalez, will have the opportunity to invite a professor from NWSA to join them as they travel to Washington D.C. to receive their recognition at the White House. The Presidential Scholar award presented on behalf of the President of the United States is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students and symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.
“This is the 2nd time in three years that the Theater division has been honored with two students receiving the Presidential Scholar Award in Music Theater from Young Arts,” said NWSA Dean of Theater, Patrice Bailey. It is truly a testament to training offered in the division, to the teaching level offered by our faculty and to the commitment Ishmael and Elena have demonstrated to their craft during their four years at New World School of the Arts. I could not be prouder of these incredible students!”
Ishmael Gonzalez, a senior at New World School of the Arts planning to continue his artistic path and training at North Carolina School of the Arts, credits much of his success to the overall climate of the school, his peers and the resources offered at NWSA, “The students at new world have made a huge impact on me. Hearing and working with other students have opened my eyes to numerous possibilities. This school has also provided amazing resources like studios, accompanists and teachers that have helped me easily produce my work. The many connections I have received from this school have also helped me further my knowledge and experience in theater.”