NORMAN — Fifty-six Norman students and one Noble student have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, an arts academy held in June in southwestern Oklahoma.
The students were among 271 young people selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants. The students will receive full scholarships to the program worth more than $2,500 each.
Norman High School students accepted to the arts academy are Emily Soreghan, ballet; Alexa Long, Grace Ripperger, ballet alternates; Maddie Breedlove, Alex Rivas, Hannah Tullius, chorus; Jonathan Craig, chorus alternate; Jon Baez, Julian Palmer, film; Kaylan Aksel, Kevin Cotrone, Dane Schoelen, film alternates; Colleen Burns, modern dance; Paige Portwood, modern dance alternate; Jillian Coker, Emily Frech, Eugene Ha, Jun Jeon, Chris Nollert, orchestra; Grayson Rushing, Brandon Swann, orchestra alternates; and Ethan Yate, photography.
Norman North High School students accepted to the program are Alix Court, Christy Strauss, ballet; Dillon Downey, Ohvia Muraleetharan, Michael Pugh, Margaret Vittitow, Amy Whelchel, Melissa Whelchel, chorus; Taylor Rogers, Luke Salazar, chorus alternates; Rachel Starr, creative writing alternate; Braden Denton, David Wang, drawing/painting; Ian Murray, film; Joey D'amato, Parker Rhea, film alternates; MacKay Whalen, modern dance; Regan Burdett,