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Eleven Young Performing Artists Win Awards at The Alden Theatre’s
2017 James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition Finals


McLean, Va.—The Alden in McLean has awarded scholarships to eleven local high school students through the 2017 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition began with a preliminary audition in mid-March and culminated in a final competition on stage at The Alden at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 29. Prizes were presented by MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie B. Wallace and The Alden’s Director of Youth Theatre Programs Danielle Van Hook. A division of the McLean Community Center, The Alden Theatre is housed in the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. The building is currently closed for renovation. MCC’s administrative offices are temporarily located at 6631 Old Dominion Dr. 

The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition encourages artistic achievement and promotes study in the arts by high school students who reside or attend school in the McLean district (Small Tax District 1A, Dranesville). Scholarship prizes of $1,200 are awarded to students placing first in each of four categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre and Vocal Music. Second-place winners are awarded $800 and third-place winners win $400.

This year’s winners are:

Dance Category
First Place:  Madeleine Walker, Senior, McLean High School
Second Place: Kathleen Tiernan, Junior, McLean High School
Third Place: Isabella Swigart, Sophomore, McLean High School

Instrumental Music Category
First Place: Eric Lin, Junior, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Second Place: Philena Sun, Junior, McLean High School
Third Place: Ethan Hsiao, Freshman, Basis Independent McLean

Theatre Category
First Place: Ann Nichols Gardner, Sophomore, McLean High School
Second Place: Claire Goldhush, Junior, Langley High School
Third Place: Carenna Slotkoff, Sophomore, McLean High School

Vocal Music Category
First Place: Jamie Goodson, Senior, Langley High
Second Place: Syona Ayyankeril, Senior, McLean High School
Third Place: Carenna Slotkoff, Sophomore, McLean High School

This year’s distinguished judges are:

Dance Category
Ivy Chow, Chelsea Smith, Cynthia Yan-Lam Lin

Instrumental Music Category
Anne Curley, Sarah Markovitz and Ethan Watermeier

Guest - Instrumental Music Category
John Eaton

Theatre Category
Michael Bergman, Morgan Brophy and Khaleshia Thorpe-Price

Vocal Music Category
Morgan Brophy, Sarah Markovitz and Ethan Watermeier

For more information, call The Alden at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

Photos by Lisa Helfert Photography.
1. James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition Finalists Eric Lin, Philena Sun, Ethan Hsiao, Jamie Goodson, Syona Ayyankeril, Annie Gardner, Claire Goldhush, Carenna Slotkoff, Madeleine Walker, Kathleen Tiernan and Isabella Swigart.

2. James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition First-Place Winners Jamie Goodson (Vocal Music), Madeleine Walker (Dance), Eric Lin (Instrumental Music) and Annie Gardner (Theatre).

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