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2022 Youth Scholarship Competition

The PCA 40th Annual Youth Scholarship Competition has now concluded. Thank you to all who submitted to the competition this year! We wish you all the best in your journey expressing yourself through the arts.

You can find the 2022 winners below!

40th Annual Youth Scholarship Competition Winners

Drama: Division I

First Place: Naya Marinaccio

Second Place: Tevin Marinaccio

Third Place: Nathan James

Drama: Division II

First Place: Ariella Centeno

Second Place: Georgia Harrington

Musical Theater: Division I

First Place: Nathan James

Second Place: Alex Castagner

Third Place: Stella Banchero

Musical Theater: Division II

First Place: Georgia Harrington

Second Place: Norah Steverson

Third Place: Ava Kleinman

Emerging Artist: Ariel Cunningham

Strings: Division I

First Place: Micah Steverson

Strings: Division II

First Place: Nathan Spencer

Second Place: David Wauters

Third Place: Jayden Jenkins

Emerging Artist: Ruby Tomasovitch

Winds, Brass, and Percussion: Division I

First Place: Connor Daniels

Second Place: Ronin Hazinski

Emerging Artist: Connor Daniels

Winds, Brass, and Percussion: Division II

First Place: Josiah De La Huerta

Second Place: Jesse Lall

Third Place: Luke Moore

Emerging Artist: Grant Pierie

Piano: Division I

First Place: Luke Bjerknes

Second Place: Levi Brownlie

Third Place: Annabelle Williams

Emerging Artist: Connor Daniels

Piano: Division II

First Place: Nathan Spencer

Second Place: Ivy Bosley

Third Place: David Wauters

Emerging Artist: Abigail Daniels

Classical Voice: Division I

First Place: Sophia James

Classical Voice: Division II

First Place: Norah Steverson

Second Place: Georgia Harrington

Third Place: Ariel Cunningham

Visual Arts: Division I

First Place: Ceiba Sherman

Second Place: Lauren Clark

Third Place: Lela Naasz

Visual Arts: Division II

First Place: El Kpodo

Second Place: Grace Lechowski

Third Place: Kassandra Richardson

Creative Force: Amelia Napier

Calendar for the Competition

Visual Arts

Digital portfolio submission deadline: April 5, 2022

Winners announced: April 11, 2022

High School Art Exhibit art drop off: March 25, 2022

High school showcase in Gallery: March 28-April 22, 2022

Art pick up: April 23 & 25, 2022

Performing Arts

Digital Submission deadline: March 28

Winners announced: April 11, 2022

Showcase in the PCA Cabaret: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Competition Categories Guidelines

The Youth Scholarship Competition is open to students in Yavapai County from middle school to high school. After using this form to apply to the competition, you will receive a link to where to submit your virtual entry at the email you provide in the form. Any tech questions can be directed to Sylvia Ximi at graphics@pca-az.net

If you have been part of the competition in previous years, you will notice some changes to category details like age ranges, types of submissions allowed, etc. This came about in an effort to make the competition work best in a virtual format, as well as allow opportunities for more students to take part.

IMPORTANT: After you apply online, you will receive a link to the submission form on the confirmation page as well as in a confirmation email. Check your spam or junk folder for that link so you can get your submission entered on time!

Application fees are $10 per category.

Visual Arts

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II- 14 to 18 years old

Portfolios of up to 5 pieces may be entered - pictures for 2D art, and pictures or videos for 3D art.

File types accepted: png, jpeg, gif, mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Drama

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 12 to 14 years old
Division II - 15 to 18 years old

Choose up to three monologues to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of a video upload.

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Piano

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Strings

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Winds, Brass & Percussion

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Musical Theatre

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three songs from a musical to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Classical Voice

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 13 to 15 years old
Division II - 16 to 18 years old

Choose up to three songs to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Visual Arts

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II- 14 to 18 years old

Portfolios of up to 3 pieces may be entered - pictures for 2D art, and pictures or videos for 3D art.

File types accepted: png, jpeg, gif, mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Drama

All students from age 13 to 18 compete in the same division for drama.

Choose up to three monologues to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of a video upload.

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Piano

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Strings

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Winds, Brass & Percussion

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three pieces to record yourself performing. One of your submissions may be performed along to an accompaniment track. You must have at least 1-2 submission that is only your instrument, with no accompaniment. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Musical Theatre

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 10 to 13 years old
Division II - 14 to 18 years old

Choose up to three songs from a musical to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Classical Voice

This category is divided into two divisions:
Division I - 13 to 15 years old
Division II - 16 to 18 years old

Choose up to three songs from a musical to record yourself performing. Your entry will be in the form of  video upload(s).

File types accepted: mov, avi, mp4, mkv

Apply to the Youth Scholarship Competition

You do not need to have your virtual entries ready in order to apply. After filling out an application and paying associated fees, you will have until April 5, 2022 to submit your Visual Arts entries, or March 28, 2022 to submit your Performing Arts entries. The link to submit your entries will be sent to the email you put on your application. Check your spam or junk folder if you don't see the confirmation email.

Tips on Creating Your Virtual Entry

Choosing your Entries - All categories have the option to submit one to three entries for judging. Try to pick pieces that best showcase your skills. For example: If you are a Visual Arts entrant, you could choose pieces that show off your range of style. If you are a Musical Theatre entrant, you could choose a song that best utilizes your voice, and another song that allows you to showcase your particular acting strengths.

Timing - Try to keep song selections under 5 minutes. If you are performing multiple, try to keep the entire length of your performances combined to under 20 minutes. The judges will be focused on the quality of your performance, even if it is a shorter piece! So you can focus on putting your best work forth, whether you choose to submit one, two or three songs.

Accompaniment - Vocal entrants are free to find an instrumental version of their song online to singalong to in their recording. Most songs can be found easily by searching “[SongName] Karaoke” or “[Song Name] Instrumental” on YouTube. But if you would like to sing a capella, you can do that as well.

Instrumentalists may also use accompaniment for one of your entries, so long as you have at least one other entry that showcases your solo playing. For example: if you submit one performance that includes accompaniment, you must submit one or two other entries without accompaniment. You do not need to include a performance with accompaniment if you do not want to.

Capturing Video - Many phones actually have a lower quality front-facing camera, or selfie camera. You can find this information by looking up your specific phone. If the selfie camera is a lower quality, try to use the rear-facing option. You can place a mirror behind the camera to help you set up the shot properly, or have a family member help you with filming.

Capturing Audio - Luckily most phones have decent microphones built in. Be aware of environmental sounds that you may not usually notice. Is your AC, heater, or fan making extra noise? Are you running a load of laundry? Do you have a pet parrot that likes to randomly insult you? Try to minimize these potential distractions. Recording a test is always advised.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Gratitude goes out to our judges: Dr. Jamie Watts, Noelene Patterson, Christine Scott (Visual Arts), Kristen Drathman (Drama, Musical Theatre), Albert Grijalva (Strings, Winds Brass & Percussion), Christy Welty (Classical Voice), Steve Hilderbrand (performing arts judge coordinator. Thank you to all who helped us make the competition happen this year.

You can view the entries of each winner below

Visual Arts Winners

Performing Arts Winners

Ariella Centeno

First Place in Drama II

Lily Grubert

Second Place in Drama II

Nathan Spencer

First Place in Piano I

Eden Carman

Second Place in Piano I

Clara Spencer

Third Place in Piano I

Joseph Spencer

First Place in Piano II

Sedona Ortega

Second Place in Piano II

Ivy Bosley

Third Place in Piano II

Annabelle Williams

Creative Force in Piano I

Cheyenne Peterson

Creative Force in Piano II

Nathan Spencer

First Place in Strings I

Micah Steverson

Second Place in Strings I

David Wauters

First Place in Strings II

Joseph Spencer

Second Place in Strings II

Haley Lynch

Third Place in Strings II

Luke Moore

First Place in WB&P

Shaelyn Braithewaite

Second Place in WB&P

Sierra Lynch

Third Place in WB&P

Alex Castanger

First Place in Musical Theatre I

Nathan James

Second Place in Musical Theatre I

Sophia James

Third Place in Musical Theatre I

Lily Grubert

First Place in Musical Theatre II

Norah Steverson

Second Place in Musical Theatre II

Ariella Centeno

Creative Force in Musical Theatre II

Ashlyn Braithwaite

Third Place in Musical Theatre II

Sophia James

First Place in Classical Voice I

Lily Grubert

First Place in Classical Voice II

Norah Steverson

Second Place in Classical Voice II

Ariella Traub

Third Place in Classical Voice II