Sylvia Nica '20 selected for OSU's highest honor
Sylvia Nica '20 selected for OSU's highest honor

Sylvia Nica has been selected as an Ohio State Eminence Scholar—Ohio State's highest honor—with full room and board, plus a $3,000 stipend for multiple special projects and programs.

Students awarded the Eminence Scholarship are part of a select group of about 30 undergraduate Honors students who embark on a unique, four-year journey of academic rigor, service, and leadership. The program provides extraordinary opportunities and support for students who are ambitious and have high expectations for themselves.

Eminence Fellows demonstrate academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, high regard for humanity and significant involvement both on and off campus.

Meanwhile, Sylvia also received recognition as an Overture Awards finalist for Creative Writing. The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12.

Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student's academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The Overture Awards Competition is the area's largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art and vocal music.

"My story was a character study about a washed-out mathematician named David. Lonely, he goes to a gas station to buy a soda, and it turned into an exploration of our need for human interaction and our desire to be seen."

Awards were given March 7 at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Winners received $4,000, and each finalist was awarded $1,000. Although Sylvia did not win the category, she was thrilled to be part of the event.

"The experience was amazing!" Sylvia said. "Everyone at Overtures was so supportive and talented. We'd cheer each other on as we left the dressing room or wait in the audience to see each other's performances! The other creative writers were also incredible, and I'm hoping to keep in touch with them. I'm grateful I got to spend my weekend with so many talented people."

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