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FHS APAC bestows honors

Farragut High School’s Admirals’ Performing Arts Company recently held its Awards Night and honored several of its members for their outstanding efforts.

In addition to grade level awards, FHS theater teachers Lea McMahan and Melinda Barrett presented awards for each of the theater departments performances during the 2010-2011 school year.

“These are the awards that the club members voted on,” McMahan said.

“Everyone was listed on the voting tally and then the members voted,” she added.

Awards for the group’s performance of “Grease” went to Rachel MacLean for Best Actress, Connor Hess for Best Actor and Maria Van Audenhove for Crew Award.

For “The Outsiders,” awards were presented to Sophia Sheffner for Best Actress, Dallas Marable for Best Actor and Savannah Lucas for Crew Award.

The group also voted for Outstanding Improv members.

Madelyn Buckley was voted Fall 2011 Outstanding Improv Member, while Will Stone won the distinction for Spring 2010.

Each year two students are recognized by grade level as outstanding theater students.

“These are the students that Ms. Barrett and I choose,” McMahan said.

Outstanding Freshmen, announced by Barrett, were Karis Nelson and Jay Mullins.

McMahan announced the Outstanding Sophomores, with a little surprise … for the first time, three students were chosen for the honor: Paul Gary, Skylar Greico and Connor Hess.

McMahan said with so many talented sophomores this year – almost half of the class – it was too difficult to choose only two.

Outstanding Juniors were Anissa Goetz and Sherridan Smee, and Outstanding Seniors were Madelyn Pierce and Daniel Noles.

Also awarded was the coveted Ferguson Award.

“The biggest award we give each year is the Ferguson Award. It is named for Vickie Ferguson, who was a theater teacher here, and the Ferguson Theater is named for her,” McMahan said.

“This award goes to someone who has been in the program usually since freshman year and someone you count on, who does a lot and sort of represents us. It also comes with a $500 scholarship and they get their name on a plaque in the Ferguson Theater,” she added.

Stone, senior, was this year’s recipient of the Ferguson Award.

Will said winning the award helped him remember where he came from and how much he has grown as a theater student.

“I remember coming into my freshman year, theater was the one thing that I knew for sure that I wanted to be a part of,” he said.

“I wanted to come in and just jump right in and see what would happen and it turned out to be something that I really loved and it has been a blast being a part of such a great program here at Farragut. It has been cool to see myself grow as a person and on stage as well and I have made some really great friends,” he added.

Will said of all the performances he has been a part of, his favorite was last year’s performance of “Oliver.”

“I played the role of Fagan. I had the most fun with that role because I was this crazy old man and I felt really free, like I could just truly make that role my own,” he added.

Will plans to attend the University of Tampa this fall and major in performing arts.

“It is very exciting. I toured there in April and that is when I really made up my mind,” he said.

“The theater department is really close. It is not really big, but it is not too small and there is a lot of one-on-one. Their curriculum seemed to really keep you diverse. You can major in performing arts or in musical theater,” he added.


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