MPS student takes national honors

Anthony Miller (pictured above), a 2013 graduate of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA), took third place in the national NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) scholarship competition, held in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention.

More than 700 high school students representing 125 cities and towns nationwide competed in 26 categories for Olympic-style medals and cash scholarships. Miller won a $1,500 scholarship in the Music-Vocal Classical category, for which he sang an aria from the Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro. Miller will continue his music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the fall.

ACT-SO provides scholarship opportunities for African-American high school students in the arts, sciences and humanities. Miller represented the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP, which hosted the NAACP national convention in 2005.

MHSA offers students the chance to select an arts-focused major (creative writing, dance, theater, music or visual art) and receive at least two class hours of instruction per day focused on that major. MPS continues to build its music program across the district with provisions in the 2013-14 MPS budget that will bring 45 additional art, music and physical education teacher and librarian positions into MPS schools.