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ATLANTA, Ga. — Jordan Rice, a graduating senior and actress from Metro Atlanta, has been named 1 of 60 Presidential Scholars in the Arts candidates as part of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Rice played the last girl on the stairs before the bombing in the Four Little Girls scene in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated film Selma. Hence, the young actress has an impressive resume appearing in multiple movies and musicals. Hence, she has a beautiful voice. Rice is positively a rising star in the industry.
Rice is 1 of 60 candidates selected from among 7,000 participants in the annual National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) competition. Candidates were selected for their exceptional performance in the disciplines of dance, film/video, instrumental music, jazz, voice, photography, theater, visual arts, design, and creative writing. Further consideration will be based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
“It feels so great to be nominated as a candidate for this prestigious honor, and I am filled with gratitude for all the amazing people who have helped me make it to this profound moment,” Rice said. “I hope that this will not only be my moment, but another moment for black girls everywhere to know that anything is possible.”
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.