Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

South student named YoungArts Merit winner

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 10, 2013

Grosse Pointe South High School senior, Charles Paul, was selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner in double bass. He’s one of 12 Merit winners from Michigan.

Chosen from approximately 10,000 applicants in nine disciplines in visual, literary and performing arts, Paul now has an opportunity to participate in the Emmy-nominated HBO series, “YoungArts MasterClass,” as well as several events in Washington D.C.

Winning applicants were placed into three categories — Merit, Honorable Mention and Finalist — and selected through a blind adjudication process.

Michigan had five Finalists, 11 Honorable Mentions and 12 Merits.

“This year’s extremely talented students represent a diverse group whom we consider to be the most promising young artists in America today,” YoungArt’s Executive Director, Paul T. Lehr, said in a press release. “The quality of this year’s winners is a testament to the strength of our expanding program.”

YoungArts recognizes students in nine disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing, with a tenth discipline, architecture and design, set for the 2013 program.