HASTINGS — Hastings College hosted its second Open Space for the Visual Arts with 35 of the most talented art students from Nebraska and western Iowa June 2-8 at the Hastings campus.

The program is designed for future artists completing their junior year of high school. While on campus, the students worked directly with Hastings College art professors in glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, animation, painting and drawing.

Central Nebraska students among the 35 chosen for the program include:

Emily Boyd of Blue Hill Community High School in Ayr, Meghan Johansen of Aurora High School in Aurora, Emma Markle of Hastings High School in Hastings, Irelynd Pearson of Twin River Valley High School in Genoa, Alexandra (Sasha) Richards of Adams Central Junior-Senior High School in Hastings and Jordan Schnell of Nebraska Christian School in Central City.


Charles Kosmicki of Grand Island Northwest High School placed second and won a $2,000 scholarship in Peru State College’s third annual Art Day at the college in Peru. Participants submitted three pieces of artwork for judging.

Sarah Adam, a recent graduate of Ravenna High School, is one of two high school seniors chosen to receive the Pearl Harbor Award from the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Fund. The winners were chosen from school districts that encompass the communities that were hometowns to Nebraskan sailors who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and remain entombed in the U.S.S. Arizona. The award includes a $600 cash prize.


Jared Rosenlund, a 2019 graduate of Northwest High School in Grand Island, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is planning to study mechanical engineering. He was one of 15,000 finalists chosen nationwide based on scores in the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, half of whom are now receiving National Merit Scholarships.

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