Charlotte S. ’21 Nominated as a 2021 Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Charlotte S. ’21 Nominated as a 2021 Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Congratulations to Charlotte S. ’21 on being nominated as a 2021 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Charlotte is among 60 students from 19 states across 10 artistic disciplines to be nominated by the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts). She is being recognized for her submission in the Screenplay category, “A Day in the Life.” The next step is for the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars to select 20 honorees, acknowledging "academic and artistic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service and outreach initiatives, and overall creativity.” 

Charlotte is already a YoungArts Finalist, with awards given in three categories: Finalist, Honorable Mention, and Merit. This year, YoungArts award winners at all levels will receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000 and the opportunity to learn from leading artists such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, and Salman Rushdie. YoungArts award winners become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies, and awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues nationwide; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private digital network for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate, and learn about additional opportunities.

Here’s what Charlotte’s Film Teacher Monica Hoenig had to say about her impressive accomplishment:

Charlotte is one of the most naturally talented and hardworking film students I have had the pleasure of teaching at Viewpoint. She excels in screenwriting and producing equally, which is no small feat in such a technically and creatively demanding field as filmmaking. As a producer, Charlotte intrinsically understands that filmmaking is a collaborative art and the process requires an extraordinary person who can demonstrate dedication, commitment, and relentless work hours. 

As a screenwriter, her storytelling captures complex emotions affecting the audience on a visceral level. Charlotte has a considerable talent to bring the written word into life on screen with a keen eye and nuanced understanding of story. She has the ability to write emotionally resonating stories with compelling characters, while dividing her attention between the pragmatic day-to-day needs of the production and artistic demands of the script. 

As a YoungArts award winner, Charlotte will have opportunities for creative and professional development throughout her entire career. Going forward, she will connect with like-minded peers and mentors in her fields, and be offered invaluable tips, inspiration, and networking opportunities.

It all begins next week, when Charlotte will participate in National YoungArts Week+ featuring virtual classes, workshops, and mentorship from leading artists in their fields as well as virtual performances and an exhibition for the public.