Palo Alto High School Scholarships

[Cherie Miller Sopkin]


A pair of student glass artists are the recipients of the new GLANC scholarships awarded to outstanding graduating Palo Alto High School students who are going on to pursue studies that include the fiery arts.

Stella Carpenter and Max Lenail received the cash awards from GLANC Board Member Cherie Miller Sopkin at ceremonies at the school on May 25.

Providing financial support to further the education of students in the glass arts is an important part the GLANC mission. The two Palo Alto recipients are headed to colleges where they will each have the opportunity to continue the creative and good work in glass that they began at PALY.


Max Lenail and Stella Carpenter


Max plans to attend Brown University in the Fall, which will allow him to blow glass at neighboring Rhode Island School of Design. Stella will be attending the University of Oregon where she plans to enroll in its glass program. According to PALY glass instructor, Steve Ferrera, both Max and Stella were selected for their dedication to the glass program as well as for their individual technical skills. “They were selfless in assisting the beginning and intermediate students, maintained a level of professionalism inside and outside the classroom and have made beautiful work during their years at PALY,” Ferrera added.


Stella Carpenter working in the hot shop


Since 1998, the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts program has changed the lives of many PALY students; today, the program is one only a few glass programs at public high schools in the United States. At PALY, students have access to a full ceramic and sculpture studio as well as glassblowing, bead-making and jewelry. This is a unique opportunity for students to engage in hands-on projects that will encourage creativity, as well as develop the technical skills and methods of artists and craftspeople


Pink Bowl, by Max Lenail


The members of the PALY glass community are delighted to be working with GLANC and appreciates these scholarships to further support the education of students in the glass arts. According to Nancy Kawakita, President of the PALY Glass Boosters, the students are always so grateful and happy for the recognition of their hard work.  


Vase, by Stella Carpenter