Interlochen Arts Academy senior Alexa Bleasdale-Curnutte (IAA 14-17) has been selected as a 2017 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Bleasdale-Curnutte, a Creative Writing major, is one of only 20 students from across the nation selected as a Scholar in the Arts; she is also the 44th student in the history of Interlochen Arts Academy and the 19th Creative Writing major to receive the honor.
“Alexa is one of the hardest working writers I've had the pleasure of working with in my years as a teacher,” said Director of Creative Writing David Griffith. “Not only is she a beautiful and powerful writer, but she is a leader in and out of the classroom. This is such a well-deserved honor.”
In June, Bleasdale-Curnutte will join the 160 other Presidential Scholars at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. during which each student will receive a Presidential Medallion. As an Arts Scholar, Bleasdale-Curnutte will also participate in a showcase at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center.
The United States Presidential Scholar Program was founded in 1964 to recognize the nation’s most distinguished high school seniors. Candidates for the award are selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. Scholars in the arts must also demonstrate artistic excellence through participation in the YoungArts program.