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Metropolitan School Of The Arts Honors First Graduating Class
Metropolitan School Of The Arts Honors First Graduating Class

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. held its first high school graduation since its opening. Ten area students earned their high school diploma from the Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy, now located in the newly renovated, expanded Alexandria school and studios.  Students are heading to colleges around the United States, and earned $1.6 million dollars in academic college scholarships. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

The 2016 Metropolitan School of the Arts Academy graduates include: Ben Cherington of Fairfax Station, Va., headed to Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburg, Penn; Sarah Christophersen of Fairfax Station, Va., going to University of Michigan; Allison Hansen of Fredericksburg, Va., attending College of Charleston in Charleston, SC; Samantha Horning of Woodbridge, Va., headed to Emerson College in Boston; Roxanne King of Alexandria, Va., going to Columbia College Chicago; Georgia Monroe of Ashburn, Va., headed to PACE University in NYC; Jeremiah Porter of Brooklyn, NY,  going to Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY; Charlyn Rand of Virginia Beach, Va., going to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL; Lexi Rhem of Springfield, Va., attending the The Hartt School at University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn.; and Adia Walker of Fredericksburg, Va., to attend American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.

Metropolitan School of the Arts is closing its Lorton campus June 30, and moving its Academy to its newly expanded Alexandria/Kingstowne headquarters, that will now provide additional space for its Academy, studios and soon-to-be constructed Black Box theatre.

 “We’re overjoyed to see these successful graduates go on to some of the most elite college programs, as well as achieving academic scholarships,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “We encourage everyone to visit our reconstructed space in Alexandria,” said Dobbs.

To help support Metropolitan School of the Arts Black Box Theatre campaign, please visit www.metrpolitanarts.org   

Alexandria, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a 501 (c) 3 organization, is the first Washington, D.C. area, private, secondary performing arts school, founded in 2013 by Melissa Dobbs. The MSA performing arts academy and studios in Alexandria, Va. have taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MSA offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. The organization was featured in Dance Teacher magazine, FOX 5 Morning News, WUSA9, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Business Journal and Washington Families magazine. Many students from MSA studios go on to perform in prestigious arenas including Broadway, National Tours, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, The Kirov Ballet, The Hartt School, Marymount University (New York), Ford’s Theater and Mark Morris Dance Company. MSA offers a performing arts school, two performing arts studios, a youth tap ensemble, a youth ballet, a jazz company, community theatre program, as well as MetroClub and MetroRide, as part of their arts-focused, after-school program. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org, Facebook or Twitter.