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Young Artist of the Year

Winners Announced

Topeka, KS (May 9, 2017) – The Topeka Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce that the 2017 Young Artist of the Year award winners have been selected. The winners were honored at a reception on Sunday, May 7th, held at Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Awards were handed out in the categories of Dance, Dramatic Theater, Instrumental Music, Musical Theater, Technical Theater, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music.

Grand Prize, and a scholarship of $1000.00 is awarded to Natalie Ford from Seaman High School in Instrumental Music and Chase Tilden of Washburn Rural High School in Dramatic Theater. Scholarship monies in the amount of $500.00 were awarded to Kaylee Berroth from Seaman High School in Visual Arts, Dawson Hiegart of Seaman High School in Visual Arts, and Lilly King with Cornerstone Family Schools in Vocal Music. Scholarship monies in the amount of $250.00 was awarded to Sydney Frantz from Ballet Midwest and Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance & Ballet in Dance, Elizabeth Freeman from Topeka West High School in Musical Theater, Emily Gordon of Washburn Rural High School in Dramatic Theater, and Greyson Waltmire also from Washburn Rural High School in Technical Theater

Any Shawnee County high school junior can be nominated each spring in one of nine awards categories: instrumental music, musical theater, vocal music, dramatic theater, dance, visual arts, technical theater, creative writing and community services in the arts.

We would like to thank the judges that reviewed the nominees’ and selected the winners:

Professor Patrick Suzeau, University of Kansas; Mr. Shannon Reilly, Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy; Ms. Monette Mark, Washburn University; Dr. Tracy Routsong; Washburn University; Dr. Reginald Pittman, Kansas State University; Ms. Susan Mai, Emporia State University; and Professor Ye Wang, Washburn University.

About Topeka Performing Arts Center

Topeka Performing Arts Center, managed by VenuWorks, is a non-profit organization whose mission is "To foster the performing arts through excellence in programming by providing for the advancement, promotion, presentation, and development of the arts to meet the diverse cultural and educational needs of our community.” Since 1991, TPAC has annually offered a full calendar of professional and community performing arts for all audiences, including touring concerts and Broadway shows, youth arts education programming, and support of community arts organizations. For more information, please visit


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