Recent Alum Samantha Hankey Wins Silver Award at YoungArts

Mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, who recently appeared on Show #226 in Boston, MA, was a participant in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in Miami and was selected to receive their YoungArts Silver Award!

Back in January, Samantha participated in YoungArts Week in Miami. She was one of 150 artists selected from 5,000 applicants of 17 and 18-year-olds in various artistic disciplines. The week included master classes, performances, and arts exhibits.

From the participants, YoungArts chose the top ranked kids to receive Gold and Silver Awards, receiving $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. This year Samantha snagged one of the Silver Awards, and From the Top alums Conrad Tao and Tim Callobre were awarded Gold and Silver, respectively! Conrad will be appearing on an upcoming From the Top show, airing early this summer.

These finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City April 9-16, where they have new opportunities to showcase their talents by performing, taking master classes, and doing outreach in NYC schools. This experience puts them “one step closer to becoming a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest recognition that can be given to an artistically talented graduating high school senior in the United States.”

Samantha will be writing about this experience while in New York City, so check out her blog for more info!

Congratulations, Samantha, Conrad, and Tim!