DIAMOND BAR - From the time he was 8 years old, Trenton Jung knew he had a natural flair for the arts.

Influenced by his grandfather, an architect, Jung was always doodling and sketching little drawings on his school notes and in his sketchbooks.

The Diamond Bar High School junior now takes classes at a specialized arts program in Yorba Linda.

One of his teachers encouraged him to apply for the California State Summer School for the Arts, a prestigious institution whose mission is to nurture the next generation of artists and professionals in animation, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theater and visual arts.

After a rigorous application process, Jung was accepted into the four-week program. He will attend the school this summer from July 10 to Aug. 5 to improve his visual arts skills.

"I am very honored and excited for this experience," Jung said. "I look forward to meeting new people and expanding my knowledge and skills."

About 1,200 students applied for entry into the program and only about half were chosen, two of whom were from the Walnut Valley School District. Besides Jung, Briannah Lee of Walnut High School will attend the program for dance.

Students will spend the four weeks in Valencia working and studying in a creative laboratory with professional artists, writers and performers.

Upon finishing the program, students will receive three units of California State University credit, be named California Arts Scholars, as well as be awarded the Governor's medallion, which is the state's highest honor and distinction for artistically talented students.

The CSSSA receives aid from groups such as The Annenberg Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among others, in order to provide scholarship money to students and aid for underserved students.

Jung, who enjoys drawing nature and animal scenes, hopes to one day become an illustrator for books or to design exhibits for museums or aquariums.

Throughout his time at the program, he will take classes on painting, digital media and some basic classes on design and form.

Aside from the art aspect of the program, he is looking forward to getting a taste of college life as he will be staying on campus for the duration of the program, Jung said.

He is already looking at various art schools in Southern California, and his parents could not be more proud.

"(Trenton) has always enjoyed drawing and painting ever since he was a little boy," his mother, Elaine Jung, said. "He was influenced by his grandfather, I believe, so I think it must be in the family genes."