At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, performing arts students, teachers and supporters came together and celebrated a successful year which included the reopening of CJ's renovated auditorium. Additionally, several students were recognized with superlative awards.
"We began the awards recognition for Performing Arts students in 2010 with our first banquet," explained Debi Schutt, the Director of Performing Arts. "We wanted to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and successes of our students and the department each year. The same participation awards, as well as superlative awards, have been given since that time. It has now grown and evolved to the awards recognition ceremony we had this year in collaboration with our PoPS concert.
"The students give so much of their time, talent and energy and do an amazing job , we want to make sure we recognize that among their peers, family, and friends," Schutt continued. "The awards can often serve as motivation for students in following years to work towards as well."
Drama and Choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett, agreed, "It is a great opportunity for our students who go the extra mile to be recognized."
Students recognized this year with superlative awards included:
- BAND — Madison Meixner (not pictured)
- STRINGS — Clara Mussin Phillips
- CHOIR — Courtney Redd
- DRAMA — Katie Coyle
PERFORMING ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD
- Freshman — Kat Bishop
- Sophomore — Will Marshall (not pictured)
- Junior — Holly Siefert (not pictured)
- Senior — Christian Hemsath (not pictured)
PERFORMING ARTS SERVICE AWARD
- FEMALE — Libby Blackshire
- MALE — Sam Ruff (not pictured)
STAR ON THE RISE
- FEMALE — Sarah Benson
- MALE — John Muhl
PERFORMING ARTS MVP
- Angelo Knight
- Jacob Troutwine
PERFORMING ARTS LEGENDARY SENIOR AWARD
- Clara Mussin Phillips
JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA AWARD
- Andrew Hartley (not pictured)
NATIONAL CHORAL AWARD
- Alexis Jackson (not pictured)
Some students shared what it meant to be recognized and their passion for performing arts at CJ:
Sarah Benson '20 (Star on the Rise): "I am honored to have won this award. There were many people who could have easily won this award. I have enjoyed every moment in the performing arts."
Kat Bishop '20 (Leadership Award - Freshman): "I was so happy when I heard my name called! Over my past year at CJ, I have felt welcomed, especially in the performing arts department. I thoroughly enjoy expressing myself through the performing arts, and watching myself and others grow in the process. One of the main things that drew me to CJ was the performing arts department. It has grown so much over the past year, and I can't wait to see what is in store for the years to come!"
Katie Coyle '19 (Best Spirit - Drama): "The Performing Arts group at CJ is my second family; they are always there to support me and help me grow. I feel like the best theater spirit award is not just mine to claim. WE, as a group, help spread the cheer and keep the backstage party going!"
Angelo Moore-Knight '18 (MVP): "I feel honored to have won this award. It was nice to receive my third superlative award. CJ performing arts has made me a friendlier person. CJ Performing arts is a wonderful place to meet great people and to do great things!"
Posted June 27, 2017