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Young artist attending Interlochen Arts Academy

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  • Kristin McFadden with guitar 2012

    Kristin McFadden with guitar 2012
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Christopher Hintz, Interlochen

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. --Kristin E. McFadden, 17, of Campton Township has been accepted and is attending Interlochen Arts Academy for her senior year, the world's premier fine arts boarding high school.
McFadden, the daughter of Tracey and Kathleen McFadden is studying Music at the Academy, majoring in the Singer/Songwriter program.
Previously, Kristin was a student at St. Charles North High School.
While at St. Charles North, Kristin was elected the Vice President of the National Honor Society, Executive Board Member of the Drama Club, auditioned into the top mixed choir, and was in several school and community plays. Last year she sang and played her guitar at Relay for Life, and the Suicide Prevention Assembly at St. Charles North.
Kristin was also hired as a musician at the DeKalb Potbelly's Sandwich Shop.
Interlochen Arts Academy attracts more than 500 young artists from 40 states and 15 countries. Together, they study music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts in a college-like setting. While producing more than 250 artistic presentations in the school year, Academy students also master rigorous college-preparatory academics that prepare them to take prominent roles in any professional endeavor.
The Arts Academy was founded in 1962 to provide year-round training in the arts coupled with challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics. This combination has resulted in sustained achievement in arts and academics. Since the school was established, it has produced 40 Presidential Scholars, a record unmatched by any school in the United States, public or private. Alumni include singer-songwriter Jewel, actress Felicity Huffman, jazz drummer Peter Erskine and car designer Bill Zheng. More than ten percent of the nation's orchestral musicians can claim roots at either Interlochen Arts Academy or Camp. Since 1958, more than 90 Grammy Awards have been presented to Interlochen alumni of the Academy and Camp.

Interlochen Arts Academy is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest