2021 Overture Awards Winners

CREATIVE WRITING: Savannah Gripshover, grade 11, Conner Senior High School

HOMETOWN: Hebron, KY– Savannah Gripshover's earliest memories include making her own stories and characters to write about. Currently, she's in the young writers' group at her school and dabbles in several projects, primarily poetry and novels. She hopes to pursue a career in the arts and spend her life appreciating them.

DANCE: Braylan Enscoe, grade 11, Laurel Springs School, Just Off Broadway

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH –Braylan trains and teaches at Just Off Broadway, where she is a member of their nationally recognized performance team. She has won numerous regional and national dance awards, performed Clara in The Nutcracker, and was a cast member in the short fi lm Moving Henry which premiered at The Dance Film Festival. Braylan's plans for the future include attending college in California or New York while majoring in dance.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: Andrew Yang, grade 12, Seven Hills School/ Studies with Won-Bim Yim

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH – At 12, Violinist Andrew Yang is a senior at the Seven Hills School. He has served as concertmaster of the Ohio All-State Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Andrew is also a two-time National YoungArts Winner, an MTNA National Competition Finalist, and a competitor in the 9th International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists.

THEATER: Claire Northcut, grade 12, William Mason High School/ Musical Arts Center

HOMETOWN: Mason, OH – Claire Northcut is a Senior at William Mason High School and is very excited to be performing in the fi nals competition. She has been performing since she was six years old and is planning to major in musical theatre in college. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and support!

VISUAL ART: Sydney Luebbe, grade 12, Lakota West High School

HOMETOWN: Biberty Township, OH – Sydney Luebbe was born and raised in Liberty Township, Ohio. She was introduced to art at a young age by her uncle, who's an architect. Following in his footsteps, she developed a passion for science, mathematics, and art. Despite her challenging academic pursuits, she found comfort in expression through art.

VOCAL MUSIC: Mary Wilkens, grade 12, Ursuline Academy

HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH  – Mary began performing at a young age and participates in Ursuline and St. Xavier's theater programs. When not on the stage, Mary bowls for Ursuline, sings in her church choir, and sews costumes. Mary is a National Honor Society member and hopes to be a Speech Pathologist for vocal performers.