Two South Florida high school seniors, both 2015 YoungArts Foundation winners, have been named Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Mark Fleuridor, a senior at Miami Arts Charter High School and winner in visual arts, and Daniela O’Neil, a senior at Alexander W. Dryfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and winner in dance, are among the 20 arts scholars — all of whom are YoungArts winners. There are 141 Presidential Scholars in various disciplines.
Fleuridor and O’Neil will travel to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., June 21-23 to receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion. Fleuridor’s work will be among the art and writing in an exhibition at the Hall of Nations, and O’Neil will participate in the Salute to the 2015 Presidential Scholars at 8 p.m. June 22 in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Emmy and Olivier Award winner Debbie Allen will direct the program. The performance is free, but tickets are required. They’re available June 9-16 by calling 202-401-0961 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.