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NDEO's Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award

 

Junior and Senior high school students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts are eligible to apply for this award, one of the highest dance honors program in the US. Nominees are evaluated based on nine criteria of which three are in each category below each representing 100 points out of a 900 point grading rubric. Candidates for the award must excel in all three categories:

Artistic Merit: The candidate must demonstrate technical and artistic excellence in dance as evidenced by performing original choreography and a choreography essay.
Leadership: The candidate must demonstrate outstanding leadership in and outside the field of dance at the school, community, state, and/or national level as evidenced by a strong resume, recommendation letter, and leadership essay.
Academic Achievement: The Nominee must demonstrate academic excellence with a high cumulative grade point average and two essays detailing future plans and the impact of dance.
 
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2015 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

Winner - Rachel Spitzmiller - Fine Arts Center (SC)
Finalist - Joy Giuffre - Passaic County Technical Institute (NJ)
Finalist - Damani Van Rensalier - Passaic County Technical Institute (NJ)
Honorable Mention - Mariah Bucher - Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 (PA)
Honorable Mention - Morgan Furnari - Gulliver Preparatory High School (FL)
Honorable Mention - Greta Gasswint - Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 (PA)
Honorable Mention - Isabel Giacomazzi - The Branson School (CA)
Honorable Mention - Jennifer Klammer - Miami Arts Charter School (FL)
Honorable Mention - Mary Larkin - Studio Bleu Dance Center (VA)
Honorable Mention - Kyla Makovsky - The Lehigh Vallery Charter High School for the Arts (PA)
Honorable Mention - Victoria Roman - Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

Videos of Winner and Finalists

Winner - Rachel Spitzmiller - Fine Arts Center (SC)

 

Finalist - Joy Giuffre - Passaic County Technical Institute (NJ)

Finalist - Damani Van Rensalier - Passaic County Technical Institute (NJ)