Senior Named a Finalist in National YoungArts Competition

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West Hempstead High School senior Ciamara Donawa has been designated a finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation program for her self portrait in the visual arts category.
    
The National YoungArts Foundation was founded in 1981 by Ted Arison and his wife, Linda Arison, to identify and support young artists between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.
    
Ciamara received this distinction as one of the nation’s 693 most promising young artists in literary, visual, design and performing arts. According to the foundation’s website, YoungArts winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. All finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 36th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida, from Jan. 8-15.  
    
Ciamara represents the top 8.67 percent of applications, is one of 166 finalists and is eligible for a nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. This honor, established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, recognizes and honors the nation’s top graduating high school seniors who demonstrate talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.
    
West Hempstead High School Principal Alvaro Escobar congratulates Ciamara, who is one of only two finalists enrolled in the public school system.  
    
“Ciamara is a very talented student who is highly deserving of this distinction,” Escobar said.
    
The district also extends a special thank you to the West Hempstead art department, art teacher Cassie Ross-Dinin and guidance counselor Jillian Tammany for working closely with Ciamara to help her achieve this tremendous honor.