The 2010 Prescott Fine Arts Association scholarship competition attracted the highest number of student participants in its 28-year history - 256 entrants in music and fine arts. The organization gave out $14,650 in awards to 97 students from 15 schools in Yavapai County this year.
First place prize money in Art and most Division II music categories is $500, with awards decreasing to $50 honorable mentions. All first place winners perform in a free community concert, from which judges present three additional awards.
The top award, the $1,000 Frontier Rotary Chuck Pfeifer Memorial Award, went to James Grandjean, 18, of Prescott.
Rachel Zea of Prescott Valley earned first place and $250 in Winds and Percussion, Division I, category in the competition. During her performannce at Sunday's community concert at the Prescott United Methodist Church, judges also awarded her the Outstanding Performance, Division I, award of $100. Rachel, 13, puts in at least an hour a day practice on her flute, which she began studying five years ago. Rachel said she will use the prize money towards the purchase of a new flute. Her teacher, Beverly Chesterby, said Rachel has "bottomed out" on her student flute and should progress to an intermediate instrument. Rachel moves to Division II next year.
This year is the first award from a newly established endowment from PFAA founding member Jean Phillips for a student exhibiting spirit and diversity. Timothy de Laveaga, 14, accepted the $50 prize, after entering three categories - musical theatre, piano and voice - and winning honorable mention in voice and piano.
For a complete listing of winning students, go to www.pvtrib.com.