Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Kris Anka wins Warner/HB Scholarship

Big news in the animation industry as of late, and we're very happy to report it involves one of our star students.

Kris Anka has been with the Academy for several years, starting out at a very young age with our Teen Program, then progressing to work with the adults due to his outstanding creative abilities and skills. He's been featured before on the blog on April 7, 11 and October 28, 2006. He's also been featured before on March 19, 2007 in a photo which we're republishing here in honor of the news.

We're proud to announce that Kris Anka is the recipient of the very first Warner Bros/Hanna-Barbera Animation Scholarship. The announcement was made recently by Sander Schwartz, Warner Bros Animation President. The official press release follows the photo below, taken March 13 at the Academy as Kris looks over Stephen Silver's portfolio while Stephen autographs a book for him.


Official Press Release

BURBANK, CA – Los Angeles County High School for the Arts senior Kris Anka has been selected to receive the first Warner Bros. Animation/Hanna-Barbera Scholarship, it was announced today.

“Kris has been recognized by his instructors for his outstanding talent, passion and commitment to animation,” said Warner Bros. Animation President Sander Schwartz. “We are very impressed by his early animation and hope this annual scholarship will allow students like Kris to broaden their education in animation and hone their artistic skills. Through their accomplishments, they will honor the legacy of the great pioneers of animation.”

“I'm honored to be the first recipient of this scholarship as I've been a lifelong fan of the Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. cartoons and this gives me an incredible opportunity to further my education in animation,” Anka said. “I love animation – it allows me to experiment with life. I like being able to create a new person, to construct and exaggerate their world and how they interact with everything around them and, best of all, to see people laugh and enjoy those creations.”

Anka, who will enter California Institute of the Arts this fall, was selected from all applicants for the scholarship, which was created this year in honor of the late Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and the great animation legacy of both Hanna-Barbera Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Hanna passed away in March 2001, and Barbera died in December 2006.

As the recipient of the scholarship, Anka will be awarded a cash scholarship of $10,000, disbursed annually in equal amounts over the course of enrollment. In addition, Anka will be eligible for four consecutive paid summer internships at Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank while in college. Anka has chosen character animation as the focus of his studies.

There's never been any doubt among the staff and students here at the Academy as to the success that Kris Anka will achieve. We're glad to see him receive this major recognition. Congratulations, Kris!

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