The senior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts was named by White House officials as one of only 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. The honor is based on academic and artistic excellence, essays, and evidence of community service and leadership. Lauritano will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in June. She will attend the Juilliard School to study classical vocal performance.
How did you feel when you heard the news? I was in disbelief! I felt extremely honored to have been selected among such a talented and bright nation of young artists.
Are you eager to see Washington, D.C.?
I’m excited to visit our country’s capital, especially with the possibility of meeting the president, as well as performing for him!
What was your high school highlight?
The highlight ... has definitely been working with other students who are just as passionate for their art forms as I am. It has been reassuring to know that there are other teenagers who are battling the same obstacles of being a successful young artist.
How have the arts made you who you are today?
The arts have taught me to respect and appreciate every culture that comes my way. I’ve become an extremely strong person having to deal with the harsh reality of the entertainment business.