GEHS Senior Cooper McGuire and GEHS Choir Director Todd Burd. Submitted photo

GEHS Senior Cooper McGuire and GEHS Choir Director Todd Burd. Submitted photo

The Arts Council of Johnson County awarded scholarships to 18 high school seniors recognized for their accomplishments in the arts at the 18th annual Shooting Stars Gala on March 29. GEHS Senior Cooper McGuire was among one of the 18 scholarship recipients.
McGuire received first place in the Voice Classical division earning him a $1,400 scholarship. Nominating teacher, GEHS Choir Director Todd Burd, received a $350 honorarium for his nomination of McGuire. The competition involved 108 students representing 20 Johnson County schools.
The Shooting Stars Program honors Johnson County high school students for achievement in the literary, performing and visual arts through recognition and college scholarships.
Other GEHS students and staff members recognized at the Shooting Stars Gala include:
Senior Carly Graceffa, nominated by Tom Wilson, 3D ArtSenior Caroline Hogue, nominated by Jeff Lady, Theatre PerformanceSenior Theron Dake, nominated by Will Biggs, Winds & Percussion
To participate in the Shooting Stars competitive program, students must be: 1) nominated by their high school arts teacher, 2) a resident of Johnson County, and 3) a 12th grade student that will graduate in the spring. Arts teachers at schools from throughout Johnson County are invited to nominate two students each year for the recognition and scholarship awards.
The high school senior finalists audition or submit a portfolio of work for review by independent judges in the following categories:
Literature; Voice Classical; Strings; Winds and Percussion; Theatre Performance; Production and Design; Photography; Two-Dimensional Art; and Three-Dimensional Art