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Fine Arts Award Ceremony

The annual Fine Arts Awards ceremony was held on May 22nd in the Big Lake High School auditorium. Many awards and trophies were given out to students excelling in band, choir, art, yearbook, Poetry Out Loud, and One Act Play. There were special recognitions to band and choir students, and the Fine Arts Student of the Year was named.


Senior Valerie Childs received the John Philip Sousa award, which is considered the gold standard for high school band students, recognizes superior musicianship and dedication, and is the highest honor for a high school band student. Valerie is a trumpet player and a 4-year member of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and a three time letter winner in band. She was section leader and a soloist in all of the ensembles, performed in the musical pit and also participated all four years in Region 7AA Instrumental Solo and Ensemble earning multiple excellent and superior ratings.


Seniors Richard Lange and Kaitlyn Knodle each received the National School Choral Award, which is the highest honor for high school male and female choir students. The award recognizes strong commitment and high musicianship for choir students. Richard and Kaitlyn have been involved in Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and have provided section leadership in their respective ensembles. Both students have participated multiple years in the Region 7AA Solo and Ensemble contest earning multiple excellent and superior ratings. Richard and Kaitlyn have also played lead roles in the spring musical productions.


Junior Hailey Crowe was named the Fine Arts Student of the Year for 2018-2019. The Fine Arts faculty had met to determine Hailey was deserving of the award based on her involvement in several fine arts opportunities including letter winner in band, pep band perfect attendance for 2 years in a row, letter winner in the spring musical as student director, and the One Act Play student director. Hailey also demonstrates excellence and humble leadership in the various ensembles she has been involved in, is attentive to detail, and works hard to ensure the highest expectations are met.


The Big Lake High School Fine Arts faculty wishes to thank the Big Lake Knights of Columbus for their generous financial support of the Fine Arts Awards ceremony.


valerie Richard and Kaitlyn hailey