YoungArts Foundation tags three Pleasanton teens

Program nurtures accomplished artists in many fields

Three Pleasanton high school students have been named by the National YoungArts Foundation as emerging artists.

The foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts' signature program is its application-based awards for emerging artists across the country ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12.

This year's group was selected from the most competitive pool of applications to date, according to organizers, and it represents artists from 47 states.

Three high school students from Pleasanton are among the 2018 National YoungArts winners:

* Helen Chen, Amador Valley High: Finalist in Design Arts.

* Solomon Alber, Amador, saxophone (tenor): Honorable Mention in Jazz.

* Arushi Avachat, Foothill High, selection from novel: Merit in Writing.

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