On Feb. 23 two talented young performers were awarded scholarships at the Carmel Arts Council’s Young Performance Showcase.
Julie Puckett, a senior from Carmel High School, was awarded first place and a $2,500 scholarship. She is first-chair trombonist for both the Carmel High School Wind Symphony 1 and Jazz Ensemble 1.
Academically, she has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. She plans to go into engineering.
Benjamin Huang, also a senior from Carmel High School, was awarded second place and a $1,500 scholarship.
Benjamin has been offered an incentive scholarship to the IU Jacobs School of Music. He has also been awarded first places at 2012 DePauw University and the 2013 University of Indianapolis piano competitions.
Benjamin is the principal cellist with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra and contributed to three consecutive state championships.
Academically, he is an AP scholar with distinction, a National Merit commended scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans on majoring in piano and pre-law.