Scottsdale Community College artist wins ‘People’s Choice’ scholarship

Kelly Hajek, Scottsdale Community College student and people's choice award winner in the 17th annual Arizona

Kelly Hajek, Scottsdale Community College student and people’s choice award winner in the 17th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition.

The winners of the 17th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition, a collaboration between the Herberger Theater Center and Center Dance Ensemble that showcases Arizona artists ages 15-19 in the disciplines of acting, dance and voice.

The winning artists are are:

  • Acting Judges’ Choice: Phoenix resident Arianna Williams, 17, Mountain Point High School
  • People’s Choice: Cave Creek resident Kelly Hajek, 19, Scottsdale Community College
  • Dance: Judges’ Choice/People’s Choice: Phoenix resident Michaela Horger, 17, Royal Dance Works
  • Voice: Judges’ Choice: Phoenix resident Ally Lansdowne, 18, Arizona School for the Arts
  • People’s Choice: Tucson resident Daniel Lopez, 19, University of Arizona

Through an open call and audition process, 12 finalists were selected to compete in the finals on Saturday, April 2 at the Herberger Theater Center.

The Judges’ Choice winners in each discipline received a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts, according to a press release. The audience-selected People’s Choice Award winners received $100.

Since its inception, the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition has placed the spotlight on the acting, dance and vocal achievements of more than 1,500 Arizona students and awarded nearly $70,000 in scholarship monies to help further their goal toward a career in the arts, the release stated.

The competition was sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Dick and Peggy Bowers, Debra and Jim Larson, Apatrou Photography, Arizona Broadway Theatre, APS, St. Mary’s Basilica and SRP.

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