Palos Fine Arts hands out 4 scholarships

Samantha Dederichs

Palos Fine Arts, which has been awarding scholarships to high school juniors and seniors living within the 230 and 218 school boundaries since 1991, has announced its four 2020 scholarship winners.

Shepard High School senior Noah Treat has been awarded a scholarship for his excellence in playing the saxophone and the clarinet.

Throughout his high school career, Treat has been a member of many bands and choirs (Wind Symphony and Jazz, Symphonic, Marching, Pep, Combo and Pit bands to name a few).  While attending the All-State competition earlier this year, he was ranked the Number 1 high school tenor saxophonist in the state

Noah Treat

by the Illinois Music Association.  In his spare time, Treat has attained the rank of Eagle Scout and volunteers his time teaching music to junior high students. This talented young man is off to University of Illinois in the fall as a candidate in the Music Performance program where he hopes to become a music professor.

Sandburg senior Evelynn Tylka received a scholarship for her talented violin performance.

Beginning at the age of 9, her passion for the violin continued to grow and by the time she was in high school she had decided music performance was what she would strive for.  A talented athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, an English tutor and instructor for young children learning string instruments, Evelynn is determined to become the best musician she can be.  She will attend the University of Oregon in the School of Music where she wants to “inspire a future generation of musicians to take the extra few steps up to the stage” with her.

Evelynn Tylka

Mother McAuley senior Samantha Dederichs earned a scholarship for her extraordinary artistry.

She plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall as she pursues an Industrial/Product Design degree, which will guide her on her journey as an artist and design specialist.  Besides attending Studio Art Honors and AP Studio Art while at McAuley, she became inspired by working with various artists at Tipsy Brush Studio during summers spent in South Haven, Mich.  She has also studied with local professional artist Liz Wall for the past three years.  Earlier this spring she was featured in a one-woman art show, “The Emerging Artist of 2020” at the McCord Gallery where she displayed 55 pieces of her work.

Olivija Lapp

The Donna O’Brien Memorial Scholarship goes to Olivija Lapp, who Palos Village Player theatergoers might recognize the as part of the stage-managing crew.  Lapp has worked as the sound engineer for PVP for the past two years.  This Sandburg senior has also been involved with many of the school’s productions (“Les Miserable,” “Fiddler” and “We Will Rock You”) as set and sound designer, set construction and audio assistant.  While attending the AP classes at school, she also finds time to tutor her peers and is a Girl Scout leader on weekends and during the summer.  This fall will find her at DePaul University where she intends to pursue a degree in Audio Arts.

Palos Fine Arts was founded in 1984 to stimulate, promote and present the arts in the Palos area.  By recognizing the importance of the arts in everyone’s life, it was natural to establish a scholarship program.  Palos Fine Arts has been awarding scholarships to high school juniors and seniors living within the 230 and 218 school boundaries since 1991.