During Town Hall yesterday, 27 Upper School students were honored for the 2017 Performing Arts Awards. Awards were handed out in six performing arts categories: theater, technical theater, choir, band, dance, and film. Below are the names and awards received by these talented and artistic students, along with some of the accolades that were said of them by their instructors.
The International Thespian Society, an honor service fraternity for individuals committed to theatre and to service of their school and community, inducted five new members at the awards ceremony. The following students have dedicated 100 hours or more to the art of theater: Jack Beck ’18, Alexandra Everbach ’19, Dillon Montgomery ’17, Seth Washington ’17, and William Watson ’17.
Chase Woods ’17 was recognized as this year’s Best Thespian, the highest honor for members of the International Thespian Society. “The award is voted on by the membership and is given to the student who best exemplifies what it means to be a leader in service to the department, the school, and the community,” explained Fine Arts Department Chair and theater teacher, Dusty Davidson. “Chase exemplifies what it means to be an artist and what it means to demonstrate great character in all things.”
This year’s Outstanding Theater Student, who has taken theater classes all four years of Upper School, served as Thespian president, held multiple lead roles over the span of 13 shows, and put in close to 1,000 hours of theater work over the last four years, went to Victoria Hammett ’17.
The Technical Theater award, which goes to a student who proved himself to be a hard worker and a responsible leader went to Isaac Swift ’17.
This year’s Outstanding Theater Technician went to Dillon Montgomery ’17 who was also a hard worker and dedicated technician for the performing arts. He served on four productions this year, culminating in stage managing the upcoming spring play.
The following students were awarded TPSMEA All-Region Mixed Choir: Grace Bellman ’17, Jensen Clardy ’17, Ann Dockery ’17, Lisa Lipscomb ’17, Christopher Talbot ’19, and Emma Viquez ’19.
The following students were awarded TPSMEA All State Choir: Grace Bellman ’17 and Jensen Clardy ’17.
The following students were awarded TPSMEA Region Solo Contest Superior Rating: Grace Bellman ’17, Lisa Lipscomb ’17, and Emma Viquez ’19.
Competing against hundreds of musicians throughout the DFW area, these three band students were invited to fill spots in the TPSMEA North Region Honor Band: Harrison Jin ’18, Tarushi Mittal ’18, and Shawn Tran ’17.
Tarun Mittal ’20 was achieved the highest possible score in competition for his solo performance on Saxophone, earning the TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Concert Superior Rating and will be advancing to the statewide contest.
Shawn Tran ’17 received the Certificate of Appreciation for Senior Band Members.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to all Upper School Band students for a wonderful year of progress this year,” said band teacher, Cary Porter. “Success is not limited to the classroom alone, so I enjoyed honoring specific individuals who have competed and achieved recognition for their talent and hard work.”
Lisa Lipscomb ’17 received the Outstanding Dance Award this year, and was selected for her dedication and attention to the purpose of dance styles. Dance instructor Glen Dawson noted, “As a Senior dance student, [Lisa] has shown leadership and a professional attitude. She has been a member of the dance department from the beginning and has developed into a lovely performing artist.”
“The film students in our program are dedicated and talented screenwriters, editors, producers, and directors, and most often all of these at once,” said film teacher Bobby Weiss. Below are the awards given to students in all of those impressive categories.
Excellence in Editing went to Miguel Bustamante ’19 for his film “Trip”
Excellence in Directing went to Ellery Marshall ’18 for her film “I’m Sorry”
Excellence in Cinematography goes to Cal Etcheverry ’17 for his film “Tourist Trap”
Excellence in Producing goes to Trey Bender ’17 and Michael Colpack ’19 for their film ‘Questioning’
Excellence in film Acting goes to William Hargrave ’19
Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Cooper Newsom ’19 for his film “Unbiact”
Best Public Service Announcement goes to Grace Boyd ’19 for her film “Am I enough?”
Rising Star Award Anastasia Sotoropolis ’19 for her film “Swoofiasco”
Congratulations to all of these talented students for their achievements in their particular subject. You help make our Fine Arts programs strong!