Seaside Arts Council in Swansboro, NC, Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients

The Seaside Arts Council in Swansboro, NC, is pleased to announce it has awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a degree in the visual or performing arts at the college level. Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 6:30pm in downtown Swansboro at the Pugliese Pavilion before the SwanFest Concert.

Receiving a $500 scholarship is:
Tara Fevang from Swansboro High School. Tara has a 4.0 grade point average and medaled numerous times on her high school swim team where she served as captain this year. She is a National Honor Society member, event coordinator for Project Unify, and also participates in Student to Student and Interact. Tara is a gifted vocalist with many honors including NC Governors School, NC All County Choir, NC All State Choir, NC All Honors Choir, She has participated in Swansboro High School Choir, Jazz Band Vocalist, and National Anthem vocalist locally and in the New York area. Tara has also volunteered with Onslow County “Buddy Walk”, Carteret County Special Olympics and Queens Creek Elementary’s “After School Program”. Inspired by her little brother, Andrew, who has Downs Syndrome, Tara plans to attend East Carolina University and study Music Therapy with a desire to pursue her Masters in Occupational Therapy and ultimately open her own therapy practice. Tara stated “I want to use music to change lives, and make the world a better place”.

Madison Desmone from Croatan High School. Madison has a 4.45 grade point average and is on the Croatan Tennis Team, Beta Club and National Art Honor Society. She has volunteered in her community with the Coast Federation, Faith in Action Clinic and Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Madison plans to attend UNC-Wilmington and study Studio/Fine Art. Her goal is to create art professionally and/or work in a museum or gallery setting. Her dream is to “one day create art that inspires others to go on and create their own”.

Receiving a $250 Scholarship:
Janae Cunningham from Swansboro High School. Janae has a 3.97 grade point average and has participated in the All County Band 3 years in a row, Spring Track, and has served as Foreign Language Club President, Marching Band Section Captain and Varsity Boys Basketball Manager. She was also nominated to join the National Honors Society. Janae’s community service includes Hammocks Beach State Park, Shrimp Festival, Music Festival and Swansboro Public Library. Janae is an excellent mallet percussionist, but can perform on any instrument in the section. She will attend North Carolina A & T in the Fall and work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a focus in Technology and Minor in Business. Janae also plans to participate in the college ensembles and eventually pursue a higher degree in Music Production.

Bryson Pinkney from Swansboro High School. Bryson has a 3.5 grade point average. Bryson served as Secretary for the Swansboro High School Pirate Gamers, Graphic Designer for the School Newscast, Representative for the Digital Media Program and a member of the Golf Team and National Technical Honor Society. Bryson is active in the Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro Parks and Recreation, Swansboro Area Youth Development Foundation, Math Tutor and Career Technical Education Showcase. Bryson plans to major in Graphic Design at Chowan University, Methodist University or The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.

Seaside Arts Council is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring the visual and performing arts to the citizens of the greater Swansboro/Western Carteret County area. Our hope is to help these students pursue art, preserve art and pass art to the next generation.

Please visit our website at ( for upcoming events. CONTACT: Debbie Peel, Co-President  by e-mail at (


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