Sims family honors daughter’s legacy with talent showcase
By Caitlin Boland

The late Oriona Sims is shown showcasing the creative side of her personality.
The Sims family, formerly of Thomson, is planning to hold the first annual ORIONa Talent Showcase on March 11.
The showcase will benefit the Oriona Sims Fine Arts Memorial Fund, established in 2016. The fund is a tribute to the memory of Oriona “Ori” Jada Sims.
The showcase will be open to all ages, and it will take place at 304 Greenway Street in Thomson. Tickets are $10, and the price includes admission, entry into raffles and a $5 donation to the fine arts scholarship fund. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Oriona Sims’ mother, Dr. Latisha Sims, said Oriona was a selfless, artistic young lady who knew how to find the beauty in everything. Ori Sims passed unexpectedly at the age of 15 on July 25, 2014.
“Our daughter's unique mind and sincere passion for the arts led us in the direction of celebrating talent,” Sims said. “Supplementary, as an educator, I am cognizant the arts are often first to be cut when it comes to district budgets. My husband and I believe the arts offer an exclusive experience of the creative mind; therefore, we wanted to provide an avenue for individuals to express their gifts. We celebrate Ori’s life by remembering how she touched our lives. Through this memorial fund, we honor Ori’s character and fervent pursuits in fine arts.”
The scholarship offers a one-time award to a graduating high school senior who intends on pursuing a fine arts degree, including visual arts, performing arts, music or design.
“The award is given with hope to fuel passions for fine arts to aid in further development of creative and artistic expression,” Sims said.
The scholarship, worth $500, will be given to students who are enrolled as full-time students for the current academic year.
Requirements to apply are:
•Applicant must be a high school senior who attends a public high school.
•Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
•Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale through the last semester of their high school senior year.
•Applicant must attend an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time student for the upcoming Fall Semester.
A selection committee will choose recipients based on academic history, educational goals and career ambitions.
Applications can be submitted after the completion of the applicant’s senior year of high school, but they must be postmarked by March 12 of the applicant’s graduation year. All completed applicants will be notified via email of committee decisions.
For more information contact Latisha Sims, oriona.fund@gmail.com.
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