The Emma Mebane Magnificent Machine Award (EMMMA) was given annually, for four years, in memory of Emma Mebane – a 2010 Geneva High School (GHS) graduate who passed away unexpectedly in her sleep in July 2011. Emma’s namesake award was created by her family to award “excellence in the graphic arts” by providing funds (up to $2,500) to a graduating GHS senior to purchase a hardware-and-software bundle of the student’s choosing – a personalized “magnificent machine.” The purpose was to extend the winner’s capability to apply technology in support of artistic creativity and expression. The application was a competitive process that involved the submission of an original work of art inspired in part by a designated musical piece.
The EMMMA scholarship was first given in 2012 and was given annually through 2015. The following remarkable young artists (and the songs that inspired them) were the winners. Click on their names to learn more about them.
2015 – Zane Shaw (‘In the Wind’ by Lord Huron) and Jae Vyskocil (Honorable Mention)
2014 – Sarah Kennedy (‘Re: Stacks’ by Bon Iver)
2013 – Elizabeth Koskiewicz (‘World Spins Madly On’ by The Weepies)
2012 – Ryan Wheatley (‘Star Star’ by The Frames)