2021 Scholarship Recipients

Every year the AAC awards two scholarships to graduating art students at EO Smith High School – one for the performing arts and one for the visual arts. These students are chosen because they have taken two or more courses in their area; exhibited enthusiasm, interest, honesty, and integrity; and produced quality work viewed or open to the public. The recipients plan on pursuing their interest vocationally or as an avocation.

Alissa Recchia – Visual Arts

I create art to cheer people up and brighten the space around me. I still remember when I was a kindergartener sitting at the kitchen counter scribbling dogs for hours on end, and it’s been exciting to see how far my skills have developed. I would describe my style as cartoonish, andI hope to create a few animations of my own in the years to come. The subjects of my work are usually the same few characters I draw over and over, placed in all manner of fantastical settings. My inspiration comes from nature, my fellow artists, and a good amount of the thousands of books I’ve read. I want to thank my high school art teachers who helped me learn and grow my skills: Ms. Elizabeth Andrews, Ms. Tammy Glaeser, and Ms. Heather Bunnell.  I’m currently taking AP Studio Art, and I’ve taken a variety of art courses in the past, such as Drawing, Painting, Jewelry, and Ceramics.  I’m honored to receive a scholarship for one of my lifelong passions and favorite hobbies, especially since I didn’t expect this at all!

Rebecca Drake – Performing Arts

I have spent my last four years following my true love for music and the performing arts. While at E.O. Smith, I have been a member of the E.O. Smith Chamber Singers, the Concert Choir, and the Women’s Treble Choir. I was honored to participate in the Eastern Regional Music Festival for four years, the All-State Music Festival for three years, and last fall I was privileged to perform in the All-National High School Honors Choir. Outside of school, I have studied Classical Voice with UConn faculty through Jorgensen Auditorium’s JOY! Conservatory Program. I have thoroughly enjoyed singing with the Windham Theatre Guild’s Broadway Chorus and performing in the TYSCT (Tolland Youth Services Community Theater) summer musicals. Recently, I auditioned and placed second in the 2021 CT NATS competition in the category “Upper High School Classical”. This fall, I will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and will be majoring in commercial music performance and will be minoring in music business. I can’t wait to further my music education and grow as a musician at Belmont!

MEET OUR 2020 AAC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Ashford Arts Council Scholarship
AAC awards two scholarships per year to graduating art students at EO Smith High School – one for the performing arts and one for the visual arts. These students are chosen because they have taken two or more courses in their area; exhibited enthusiasm, interest, honesty, and integrity; and produced quality work viewed or open to the public. The recipients plan on pursuing their interest vocationally or as an avocation.

MADISON ADAMS – PERFORMING ARTS

Madison Adams

Hi! My name is Madison Adams and I am a senior attending E.O. Smith High School. I am a passionate and determined student always looking for new and challenging opportunities to learn from. I am looking forward to my future endeavors at Western Connecticut State University in the fall while studying Music Education, a subject I have been enthusiastic about since I was a young girl. I have been a devoted member of E.O. Smiths Choir and Chamber Singers, and have been accepted into Eastern Regional and All-State level choirs all four years of my High School experience, and in the 2019 production of Guys and Dolls, I was cast as one of the leading roles Adelaide, which led me to grow in so many ways as a musician and an actress. I look forward to continuing to sing and act at Western Connecticut State University in the fall!

SARAH JOHNSON – VISUAL ARTS

Sarah has always been and hopes to continue being an active member of the arts community. In both the performing and visual arts, she has met some amazing and talented individuals. Her undying love of nature shows through her work and her ability to use the outdoors as her inspiration. She attributes her love of art to the many teachers, mentors, and peers she has met throughout her life. She firmly believes that everyone is an artist; the arts reflect the inner soul of a person. No matter the medium or size, Sarah finds beauty in all forms of art.

2019 AAC Scholarship Recipients

Meet our 2019 AAC Scholarship Recipients

Ashford Arts Council Scholarship
AAC awards two scholarships per year to graduating art students at EO Smith High School – one for the performing arts and one for the visual arts. These students are chosen because they have taken two or more courses in their area; exhibited enthusiasm, interest, honesty and integrity; and produced quality work viewed or open to the public. The reciepts plan on pursuing their interest vocationally or as an avocation.

Andrea Arel – Performing Arts

Andrea Arel

Andrea is a senior member the wind ensemble, string orchestra, and choir.  She has also performed in the pit band for musicals and sung with the Women’s Choir.  Outside of E.O. Smith, she has auditioned for and performed with the Connecticut Music Educator’s Eastern Region Band and the New England Music Festival Band.  Andrea has a strong character and impeccable work ethic that is unmatched by most. She is a natural leader who has been an integral part of the EO Smith Music Department for the past 4 years.  Next year she will continue her studies as Music Education major at the University of Connecticut.

Eco Manso-Rich – Visual Arts

Eco has been an outstanding member of the visual arts community since her sophomore year at E.O. Smith. She is a kind and creative young woman who has revealed a life-long appreciation for the arts. From digital imagery, music videos, set design. painting and illustration, she has demonstrated the characteristics of a stellar student artist. Eco’s work has been showcased in winter and spring art shows for the past 3 years. Her interactive projects engage the viewer and lead them to their interpretations. Art will continue to be an avenue of exploration in her college studies next year.

Eco Manso-Rich

2018 AAC Scholarship Recipients

Ashford Arts Council Scholarship
AAC awards two scholarships per year to graduating art students at EO Smith High School – one for the performing arts and one for the visual arts. These students are chosen because they have taken two or more courses in their area; exhibited enthusiasm, interest, honesty and integrity; and produced quality work viewed or open to the public. The reciepts plan on pursuing their interest vocationally or as an avocation.

2018 Performing Art Recipient 

Smiriti Hamal
Smriti has been a member of the orchestra and choir for all four years at EO Smith High School. Smriti plans to continue playing and singing as a community member locally and in college.

2018 Fine Art Recipient

Rayann Knowlton
Rayann is heavily involved in floral design and floral art. She also specializes in jewelry and ceramics and has done an independent study in the arts. Ray Ann is planning to major in art education.

Ashford School Art Club

Meet the Ashford School Art Club
Danielle Boulanger, Art teacher, shown with her Art Club students this June wearing their hand-made tie dye Art Club T-shirt’s. The AAC donated $200 to help fund this effort by her request.