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Marc T. Koeck, Published December 25 2008

Others also shared the fine art honors


Thank you so much for including in the Dec. 20 Forum an article describing my selection as a finalist in the youngArts Program sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. I am truly honored to be selected, and I am so very excited to participate in the arts week in Miami.

However, The Forum did not have the whole story. I am one of three students from Fargo-Moorhead selected as a finalist. In addition to me, Rachel Anne Clausen and Kelsey Paige Langness from Moorhead High School were selected in the musical theater category.

Our selection speaks wonderfully for the caliber of the art’s opportunities for young people in our community. More than 6,000 students across many disciplines auditioned for one of the 140 finalist positions in the young-Arts program. Three of those finalists are from Fargo-Moorhead. That is truly an amazing accomplishment.

We are blessed in this community with the number and quality of arts opportunities. Each of our high schools has excellent programs in the arts. In the summer many of us have the opportunity to grow our talents at Trollwood Performing Arts School or at Gooseberry Park Players. Many of us dance in one or more of the programs in town. The colleges provide us with other opportunities, and there are many dedicated teachers and coaches to help us reach our dreams. In my case, I have to especially thank Pam Burns, Aaron Zenter and Michael Skyles. But I have also been guided and helped by Rebecca Meyer-Larson, Vicky Chepulis and countless others.

I am so very excited about having this opportunity to learn and perform. It is my hope that my performances will reflect well on my teachers, my coaches and my community.