California State Summer School for the Arts grants admission to Venice studentsFriday, May 18, 2012 By Tania Santana
Two Venice students, senior Jordan Kelch and freshman Jeannie Cajas, won a scholarship for California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), a four-week summer program. CSSSA is a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists in high school. Students who complete the four-week program are named California Arts Scholars and receive the California Arts Scholar Medallion. "I was surprised because I didn't think I would get in" said freshman Jeannie Cajas. "What I plan to get out of this program is to become better at playing guitar and to be able to show the school and others what I have to give. The applicants had to make a video of themselves playing two pieces of music and an essay explaining what they would get out of the program. Cajas received $900 of financial aid, and senior Kelch was awarded $600. Both Cajas and Kelch play guitar. "I was so excited, I felt like I could reach my dreams, and I could actually go to college for music." said Kelch. "I hope to to leave the program on my way to becoming a professional guitarist."