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3 Northern Kentucky Students Win Overture Awards

Three Northern Kentucky high school students were awarded $4,000 scholarships at the Overture Awards Competition on March 3. The region’s largest solo arts competition is presented annually by the Cincinnati Arts Association.

Northern Kentucky students were judged best in three of the six Overture categories:

Drake Phouasavanh, Conner High School senior, won the dance category. The Florence resident is a competitive dancer with the Expressions Dance Theatre's Sundancer team and a past Overture Awards finalist. He trains in all dance genres, attended the 2017 Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive on a scholarship, and has performed in multiple musical theatre productions.

Kash Sewell, who lives in Fort Mitchell and is a senior at Beechwood High School, won the instrumental music Overture Award. He has participated in the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and Kentucky All-State Bands as a gifted saxophone player. He says he finds sheer joy in playing and performing.

Ellie O’Hara, a junior at Notre Dame Academy, won the theater competition. A Park Hills resident, she studies with both Marilyn Zelcer at Musical Arts Center and Moss Dance Academy. Her favorite role to date is as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, which she played last summer. Her ambitions are to pursue musical theatre in college and go on to New York.

Sarah Moser, a senior at Campbell County High School, received a $1,000 scholarship as a runner-up in the vocal music category.

The Overture Awards recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Tri-state.  Hundreds of students are nominated by their schools and/or private studios to compete in one of six disciplines: Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theater, Visual Art, and Vocal Music. There are three levels of competition: Regional, Semi-Final, and Final.

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
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