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Senior News: Peerce Carr

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It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with Peerce Carr, a graduating senior from Glenelg County School, to hear what’s on his mind for next year and beyond. Check it out…

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What's your plan for next year?: I’ll be majoring in in Film/Television with a minor in writing or music at Drexel University. I plan to continue to write, sing, rap, act, direct, and create throughout the process. I’m going to continue working on a film I’ve been making and continue making as many connections and have as many great experiences as possible.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: There’s so many, it’s between the last note for In the Heights and freestyling with friends each year.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: Work hard, stay focused, humble, and go for it. Put your all into everything you love.

Senior News: Gabriella Anifantis

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It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with Gabriella Anifantis, a graduating senior from Woodrow Wilson High School, to hear what’s on her mind for next year and beyond. Check it out…

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High School: Woodrow Wilson High School

What's your plan for next year?: In the fall I will be attending University of Southern California, where I will be pursuing theatre under their School of Dramatic Arts.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: My time at YAA was short, and not starting sooner is one of my biggest regrets. Though the time was limited, I was still able to make lasting memories. One of my favorites was getting to perform the national anthem at the Nationals baseball game.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: YAA taught me a lot about professionalism, and the importance of balancing discipline with elation.

Senior News: Mikey Votaw

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It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with Mikey Votaw, a graduating senior from Churchill High School, to hear what’s on his mind for next year and beyond. Check it out…

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What's your plan for next year?: Will be getting a BFA in Musical theater from Illinois Wesleyan University. I am 1 of 11 students selected to be in the program.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: Singing the last note “Home” from In the Heights was a surreal moment and was a great way to cap off a fantastic two weeks of camp.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: I am my best self when I am doing something that I love. YAA taught me how to be my best self.

Senior News - Vinny Douglass

Senior News - Vinny Douglass

Vinny helping to direct YAA’s Production of  Les Mis  (2019).

Vinny helping to direct YAA’s Production of Les Mis (2019).

It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with Vinny Douglass, a graduating senior, to hear what’s on his mind for next year and beyond. You may remember Vinny from our student co-directorial debut in this year’s Les Miserable production. Looks like he’ll be taking those skills with him! Check it out…

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Name: Vincent Douglass

High School: Winston Churchill

What's your plan for next year?: I’m going to study Theatre Directing at Suffolk University in Boston next fall. I plan to join the university’s choir and a cappella groups as well as participate in the school musical/play performances.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: My favorite YAA memory is from In The Heights when we were all learning the Finale music for the first time and the sense of family and community that was in the room brought me to tears.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: I’ve learned that the most important thing is how much effort and hard work you put into a show.

Senior News - Maanav Goyal & William Carter

Senior News - Maanav Goyal & William Carter

It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with two graduating seniors to hear what’s on their minds for next year and beyond!

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Name: Maanav Goyal

High School: Clarksburg High School

What's your plan for next year?: Attend New York University in order to receive a B.F.A. in Drama.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: That first rehearsal back in the Fall, and hearing the sound that was made. I never had the opportunity to work with such a talented and committed group of people, and that first sound we made in harmony really left me blown away.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: YAA has been the closest in my experience to a professional opportunity. The level of professionalism and acumen that each individual is required to uphold while maintaining so much heart, character, and passion was something I've never seen before, and that level of discipline in balance with euphoria is something I'll always remember in anything I do in the future.


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Name: William Carter

High School: Winston Churchill High School

What's your plan for next year?: I will be studying biology at Washington University in St. Louis!

What's your favorite YAA memory?: Performing Les Mis!

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: Responsibility. It was so different from school ensembles, where the teacher will push and push to get you to work. In YAA, you have to motivate yourself to be on top of it.