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June 26, 2014

Ada students study at arts institute

Lone Wolf — Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for five Ada students. They’ve earned spots at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, held June 14–29. The Ada students are studying with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. In conjunction with acceptance, Ada students received full scholarships to the program, worth over $2,500 each.

The following Ada students are in residence at Quartz Mountain: Ada High School, Avery Carroll, Aubrey Halford and Madee McGill; Ada Junior High School, Carli Manwell; and Latta High School, Peter Biles.

“I am eager this year to participate in the modern dance discipline. The experiences at Quartz Mountain are so valuable,” said McGill. “This camp helps you make new friends, introduces you to other disciplines and broadens your appreciation for other arts.”  

At OSAI, Oklahoma high school students spend at least six hours a day studying one of nine artistic disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts. In the evenings, they attend a variety of performances, lectures and demonstrations that give them an appreciation of the arts outside of their chosen discipline. 

“Having experienced four amazing years already at Quartz Mountain, I realize just how much this place means to me. I've learned not only more about my own discipline, but I've fallen in love with other art forms and developed a deep sense of respect and adoration for the amazing talents that my friends possess,” said Halford.

"I am so thankful to the sponsors and donors that have made this possible and supported the arts! Without them, none of this would be possible," said Manwell.

OSAI culminates in Onstage Weekend on Friday and Saturday. The weekend consists of concerts, performances, film screenings and gallery exhibitions where OSAI students have a chance to display their work. All Onstage events are free and open to the public, and a performance schedule is available at or 405-605-7500.

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