Jocelyn Heiney has been selected to participate in the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts [GSA] at West Virginia Wesleyan College, June 25th through July 16th.

The three week program was developed to give young artists special study in their specific areas of interest.

Jocelyn will join other high school sophomores from across the state - all selected from auditions held in January. She was selected to participate in the dance program. Other arts areas addressed include arts, instrumental music, studio-visual art and vocal music.

The GSA program attempts to broaden student's understanding of the arts through interdisciplinary courses focusing on common elements in the arts disciplines. Skilled artists and teachers will work with the students.

Jocelyn began studying at Heartwood in the Hills' at age 10, under the guidance of Heartwood Artistic Director Jude Binder. She became a member of Heartwood's performing Arts Program in 2012. Her studies have included ballet, theatre dance, and performance dance. She is currently enrolled in Intermediate Ballet and Modern Dance. She has served as an assistant for children's classes and is assistant for the Beginning Ballet and Theatre Dance classes.

Jocelyn will perform with other members of the Performing Arts Company when Heartwood participates in the Calhoun County Wood Festival Parade and a dance performance in front of the Calhoun County Courthouse the afternoon of the parade.

Jocelyn is also a member of the Calhoun County Showgirls and will be performing in this year's Red Devil Revue.

Jocelyn is the daughter of Erica Nutter and Matthew Heiney. She is a sophomore at Calhoun County High School.

Photo by Susan Grahame

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