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Encore For Fine Arts

On Monday, May 18, the Fine Arts Department recognized the talents and accomplishments of our students. Each department produced outstanding work this year. These acknowledgments are an encore for some and a debut for others:

Band

These students would never “blow their own horn,” so we will do it for them! Congratulations to jazz band seniors, Anna Sansbury and Josh Lencse, for their successful performances at Sacred Music Florida. Anna received a Superior rating in the Solo Contest and first place in the senior division. Josh also received a Superior rating in the Solo Contest and second place in the senior division. Another highlight this year, the jazz band performed for WA Family Night at a Florida Panthers Game.

Broadcasting

Broadcasting celebrates the Outstanding Student from each level:

  • Broadcasting 1: Mikey White has a talent for making videos. It became clear as the year progressed, and his videos especially stood out during these final days of remote learning.
  • Broadcasting 2: Trevor Coningsby employed his excellent editing skills in the production of the weekly WATV news. Not only did he create the opens for Jaiden and Derek with Sports, but he also added visual excitement to the “Weather or Not” segment.
  • Broadcasting 3: Robbie Barbar has contributed many hours of production and post-production work over the past three years. This year, he assisted with production outside of class and assembled episodes of WATV news.
  • The “Career Award” goes to Patrick Mills. Patrick’s video production skills have grown tremendously over the years and are now at a truly high level. His enthusiasm for broadcasting and willingness to work hard is evident in the numerous videos that Patrick has produced in service to the WA community. In fact, WA uses some of his videos to promote various aspects of the school.

Chorus

We applaud our WA Choir for their distinct honors this year. By audition and invitation-only, they performed for the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT in Disney World for the third year in a row. Then, in January, three students joined the All-State Choir. Elena Vanden Berge, Luke McCartney, and Rachel Castillo completed a rigorous round of auditions, as well as music theory and sight singing tests to be included.

Drama

WA’s Thespian Society, Troupe 8570, deserves a curtain call! This year, they competed in their first One Acts Competition with District 7 Thespians and came home with seven awards! In addition, the WA Thespians made it to States this year! In their first appearance, Jr. Thespians qualified for States and came home with two Superior Ratings and two Excellent Ratings. Meanwhile, high school students, Rachel Castillo and Kylie Mathis, received Superior scores and qualified for States (which unfortunately had to be canceled due to COVID-19). All these Lions should take a bow for their superb performances!

Orchestra

Performing well is our orchestra students’ forte! This year, nine WA students performed in the All-County Orchestra. In addition, sixth-grade student, Camilla Zayas-Cruz received a Superior with Distinction score at the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Moreover, she and eighth-grade student, Bryan Wells, were accepted into the Florida Youth Orchestra to play with the Symphony Orchestra. These students deserve a standing ovation!

These students certainly have overcome the challenge of remote learning. So, please enjoy this short video that captures their talents, even apart.

Visual Arts

Meanwhile, our stay-at-home order did not slow down our visual arts students either. To “walk” through the virtual art gallery for AP 2D Design, AP Drawing, Art I, and Art II, click here.

Finally, we thank the fine arts students that not only spent the year honing their craft; they also used it to glorify God and lead their peers in worship. Each week, WA’s Worship Team prepared, practiced, and led our students in worship. They are a dedicated group of talented students who also produced amazing special music each week. We thank each student for their contribution and hard work:

  • Josh Lencse — Worship Team Leader/pianist
  • Hannah Billings – Bass player
  • Rachel Castillo – Singer
  • Clara Harms — Singer
  • Mia Hibler – Singer
  • Jennae Katic – Singer
  • Sarah Larkin Lewis – Singer
  • Luke McCartney – Singer
  • Blake Shaw – Drums
  • TECH Team: Tommy Kline and Mikey White

In conclusion, as we close out the year in Fine Arts, we are excited to announce that the spring middle school/lower school production of Mary Poppins JR has been rescheduled for the fall! So, save the date for October 15, 16, and 17!