Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Wins Arts Award

Arts at Hayfield, a non-profit community arts support organization housed at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, recently awarded Penn State Wilkes-Barre freshman Shannon Brace the Irene Thomas Memorial Award for her contributions to the arts.

Brace is a Dean's List student whose artistic interests include: writing poetry, short stories, and poetic drama; photography; sewing; and make-up design.  Brace self-published a novel at age 14 and hopes to publish more novels with a traditional publishing house.  She also won the poetry contest at the Fine Arts Fiesta during her freshman and sophomore years in high school.

Brace, a native of Hunlock Creek, is planning to major in English and is also a member of the Lazy Artists Society at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.  She helped with Penn State Wilkes-Barre's annual Haunted Forest this year by contributing her artistic gifts for the design of flyers and costumes for the actors.  She also helped design the banner for Penn State Wilkes-Barre for this year's Party on the Square.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Public Information Coordinator, at [email protected] or 570-675-9269.

Irene Thomas Award Winner
Penn State Wilkes-Barre student Shannon Brace was recently awarded the Irene Thomas Memorial Award for her contributions to the arts.  Pictured are, Row 1: Mark Wasilewski; Mary Ann Brace, Shannon's mother; Shannon Brace, award winner.  Row 2: Kenneth Brace, Shannon's father.