Awards Night 2018 - Celebrating Students in the Arts and Athletics
Each Spring, Healy High School gathers students, parents and staff for one of the most memorable, meaningful nights of our Seniors’ careers. Awards Night celebrates student’s high school careers and successes in Band, Art, Choir, Drama, and Athletics.
Choosing the band students to award is always a difficult task for band director, Joel Pohland. “The two band awards, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and John Philip Sousa Band Award, go to our most outstanding musicians in both the Jazz and Concert settings. It is an extremely hard choice each year and one that I and Mrs. Claybaugh take lots of time to consider and determine. We look for the outstanding achievements of each musician and what they have added to our program as a musician. The Seniors that will receive these awards this year have been two outstanding and excellent musicians and we will be very excited to present these awards to them!”
The Art Department presents the Artist of the Month Awards and the Artist of the Year Award. Students receiving the Artist of the Month Awards are recognized for demonstrating originality, perseverance and risk-taking above and beyond their peers. Student artists receiving the award are often ones that have made significant artistic or personal discoveries in with their art. The Artist of the Year is awarded to a student artist that consistently pushes themselves to improve in art. Some of the past award winners have been in multiple art classes throughout their high school career or have made significant improvements in their art in a short amount of time. A few of the Artist of the Year winners are also creative in other areas - music, theater, digital media, and woodshop.
Diane Hauan has the honor of teaching choir and drama, as well as the enjoyable task of choosing the awardees. “The choir awards are the National Choral Award and Director’s Choice Award. These go to two students that have demonstrated leadership, a positive attitude, hard work and dedication to the choirs and the students involved in choir. I call it the “MVP” of choir. These students work hard for many years in both the regular choir class and extra curricular choirs.
The Drama Award is for most outstanding actor(s) involved in the musicals and/or spring play. These students have been involved in many aspects of the stage; both in front of the curtain and behind. They have demonstrated great leadership, creativity and dedication to the drama department. Both of the students have worked their way “up” in the musicals and plays that they’ve been involved in. Starting with the chorus and going into highlighted leads. Their talent is outstanding!”
High school athletes are also awarded at this ceremony, including Athlete of the Year, Student Athlete of the Year, and 3-sport lettermen/women. Dave Rocheleau, Activities Director has the honor of handing out these awards. “The Athlete of the Year is voted on by this year's letterwinners and it is extra-special as it is determined by the student’s own peer group. The Student Athlete of the Year is voted on by coaches and is a great award that honors not only a great athlete but someone who has excelled in the classroom as well.”
We are so fortunate to have such dedicated students and families--the only problem is that this makes it quite a conundrum when choosing awardees in any of these areas!
For a full list of Art, Choir, Drama, Band and Athletic Award winners as well as all the scholarship winners, please see our Scholarship page on our website.