This year's applicants even included, for the first time, significant representation from the international community, a poignant reminder of how art brings us all together, transcending nationality, gender, and cultures. We are humbled, and especially thankful for the sage guidance of this year's expert panelist, Simon Thorpe, who hails from the UK.
And to our supporters and fans: You are the beating warp core that makes all this possible. Thank you. We'll have more to say about Kelly in the coming days. But in the meantime, please join us in congratulating her!