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Art and Art History
Amy Burgher is a recipient of the Barnes & Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Amy, an art major at Wright State University, is a graduate of Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, Ohio. She enjoys bowling and using duct tape to create art. Amy is a full-time student and a part-time employee of McDonald’s.
Katie Puthoff is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Katie grew up the second oldest of eight children. She loves participating in Youth Groups on campus and loves hiking with her dog Aero. While attending Wright State she has fallen in love with printmaking and wants to ultimately pursue a Master’s in Fine Art to become a professor.
Denise McMurry is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Denise is a senior fine arts major with a concentration in painting. She enjoys exploring Ohio with her camera and spending time with her husband and her cats and ferrets, who tend to appear in her art projects. Being able to study a subject that she has always loved has been a great pleasure for Denise.
Rosa Tweed is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rosa, a graduate of Milton-Union High School, is a junior majoring in wildlife biology and studio art with a concentration in painting. She is involved in the university’s Karate Club and the International Women Organization. Rosa enjoys cycling, knitting, and any campus event involving food!
Frances Smith is a recipient of the ThinkTV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Frances, who graduated as valedictorian from Urbana High School, is a freshman studying art and philosophy at Wright State University. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and she enjoys writing, drawing, composing music, and juggling.
Allie Edmonds is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Allie, a fourth-year art history major at Wright State University, would like to focus her studies on artworks from Asia and is currently learning the Chinese language to enhance her abilities. An active participant in performing and visual arts since childhood, Allie has frequented museums and art exhibitions, fostering her love of art and art history.
Whitney Manfreda is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Whitney, a senior majoring in fine arts, is a graduate of Carroll High School in Beavercreek, Ohio. In the future, she would like to train in graphic design. Whitney enjoys travel and art in her free time.
Johanna Schmitz is a recipient of the PNC ARTSGALA Scholarship. Johanna is a senior studio arts major with a concentration in photography. Johanna switched majors from nursing to photography and has no regrets about that decision. In her free time, she participates with Chi Alpha, a Christian Ministry, hikes, travels, and reads.
Shannon Williams is a recipient of the Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Shannon, a senior photography major and marketing minor, is an honors student at Wright State University. She recently entered her first photography contest and was delighted when all three of her submitted photos were accepted into a regional show in Cincinnati. In her free time, Shannon enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her large family.
Aileen Cave is a recipient of the Wright-Patt Credit Union ARTSGALA Scholarship. Aileen, a senior in painting, has attended seven different colleges and universities over the past 37 years while working toward her bachelor’s degree in art. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue her Master’s of Fine Art degree while working full time.
Vincent Martinez is a recipient of the Barnes & Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Vincent, a freshman music education major at Wright State University, graduated from Wayne High School in Huber Heights. He is the principal bassoonist in the university’s symphonic band and also plays the tenor saxophone and the oboe. Vincent also enjoys reading and tennis and looks forward to many years of spreading his love of music to students.
Josh Taylor is a recipient of the Barnes & Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Josh is a freshman music education major at Wright State University. He is a proud member of the Tipp City Community Band. At the university, he plays French horn in the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Brass Quintet. Josh is excited to be preparing to teach the next generation of musicians.
Sophia O’Shea is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Sophia is a freshman music education major at Wright State University. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, acting, reading, and horseback riding. Sophia also enjoys time with her pot-bellied pig, Elliott, and her bichon frisé, Oliver.
Stephen Monath is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Stephen serves as the Percussion Director for Tipp City Schools and is involved with private lessons and several ensembles in the district. Stephen serves as a member of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the Wright State Wind Symphony Leadership Council, and has performed at numerous public and private events for the University and the surrounding community.
Brandon Casto is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Brandon is a senior in the Instrumental Music Education program. During his time at Wright State, Brandon has participated in many musical ensembles, including the Wind Symphony, the Saxophone Quartet, the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Band, and the Men’s Chorale. In addition to his primary instrument, the saxophone, Brandon also enjoys playing the piano.
Jesse Duncan is a recipient of the ThinkTV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jesse graduated from Milton Union High School and is a sophomore at Wright State University studying percussion performance. Jesse is in many ensembles at Wright State and volunteers his time to do audio and video work in the area.
Joshua Hakala is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joshua, a vocal music education major at Wright State University, is a graduate of Western Brown High School in Mount Orab, Ohio. Of Finnish descent, his interests include singing and practicing in his field.
Suzie Herman is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Suzie is a vocal performance major at Wright State University. During her high school career Suzie earned a role in the Dayton Opera’s production of Tosca. Currently, Suzie sings in both Women’s Chorale and Collegiate Chorale, along with leading worship at Campus Crusade for Christ meetings. When Suzie is not singing she can be found playing the piano, reading, swimming, or spending time with her family and friends.
Sydney Scherer is a recipient of the Wells Fargo Advisors ARTSGALA Scholarship. Sydney is a freshman music education major at Wright State University. In her free time, Sydney enjoys singing, playing her flute, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jonathan Jacky is a recipient of the Wells Fargo Advisors ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jonathan, a sophomore music education major at Wright State University, participates in the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz Ensemble. Jonathan also serves as music director of Wright State’s Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity.
Jeremy Aldridge is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jeremy is a junior at Wright State University studying vocal performance. Jeremy has been involved in the opera program for three years and will be performing the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi in the spring. In March of 2016, Jeremy toured with the Collegiate Chorale in Italy. Besides his vocal work, Jeremy loves playing the piano and the acoustic guitar. He is very excited about his future at Wright State.
William Kan is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. William, a senior percussion performance major at Wright State University, has served as percussion instructor/assistant band director for Wilmington High School and Milton-Union High School and has taught at the Niu Valley Percussion Festival in Hawaii. William has played in many local ensembles and attended the Brevard Music Festival over the past summer. He recently won a position with the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra which he will hold while pursuing his studies at Wright State.
Jarod Gallenstein is a recipient of the Heidelberg Distributing ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jarod is a trumpet performance major at Wright State University. He is a member of the Pep Band, the Wind Symphony, and the Brass Quintet. He enjoys reading and has a great interest in theoretical physics.
Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
Lauren Everett is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Lauren is a sophomore musical theatre major at Wright State University. Lauren performed as Jane Darling in the university’s production of Peter Pan and was the understudy for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.
Victoria Gilman is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Victoria is a senior dance major at Wright State University. A dancer since the age of five, she balances her studies with her role as a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance’s Second Company. Victoria has performed with Wright State’s Dance Ensemble and performed the role of Jackie, as well as served as dance captain, in Wright State’s production of The Wild Party.
Joey Logan is a recipient of the Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joey is a junior acting major at Wright State University. He is the Co-Artistic Managing Director of the university’s Jubilee Directing Lab, a student produced theatre.
Ranier Bernardo is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Ranier, a Motion Pictures Production major, graduated from Fairfield High School. He enjoys bicycling and working on creative film projects. Ranier is saving to visit the Philippines for the first time next year.
Philip Stock is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Philip, a sophomore musical theatre major at Wright State University, has worked in many areas of the theatre department, including costuming, helping with freshman auditions, performing in the university’s production of Peter Pan, and performing in the Jubilee Directing Lab. When he has free time, he enjoys trying new recipes he finds on Pinterest.
Meredith Zahn is a recipient of the Dayton Power & Light ARTSGALA Scholarship. Home-schooled in Pickerington, Ohio, Meredith is a junior studying musical theatre at Wright State University. She has been performing since her middle school years in regional productions and has participated in the university’s productions of Les Misérables, Hot Mikado, and Peter Pan. Meredith is currently performing in Chicago.
Lindsey Knoth is a recipient of the Zoe Dell Nutter ARTSGALA Scholarship. Lindsey, a senior dance major at Wright State University, has been dancing since the age of two and has known from a young age that dancing and teaching dance would be her career. Lindsey has been teaching and choreographing since she was 12 years old. At Wright State, Lindsey has participated in the production of Oklahoma! and is currently performing in Chicago. Lindsey also enjoys yoga, biking, baking, and painting.
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