Nearly 300 Brainerd High School seniors in fine arts activities were given the spotlight Monday at the annual fine arts banquet.
Family and friends filled the cafeteria to commend the students for their art achievement. Former Brainerd High School Principal James Hunt was the master of ceremonies and the Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra provided entertainment.
Students involved in visual arts, debate, mock trial, band, choir, orchestra, television production, Fifth Street Journal, Brainonian, writing, speech and drama received awards and scholarships at the banquet.
Each fine arts department recognized a student of excellence.
Those recognized were David Miller, television production; Trenton Wallin and Vincenza Spagnuolo, drama; Max Karnowski, Bards; Abby Ahlberg, Concert Chorale; Sean Switajewski, A Cappella Choir; Kelli Patrick, Sinfonia Orchestra; Sarah Walker, Chamber Orchestra; Jackie Wilcox, Brainonian; Claire Northway, writing; Erika Villella, Fifth Street Journal; Dylan Radtke, Concert Band; Amy Espersen, Symphonic Band; Erin Twamley, mock trial; Ashley Powell, visual arts; Carmen Cummings, speech and writing; and Brian Agre and Kellen Riley, debate.
Cummings received a $200 scholarship from Kummet Larson and Bluth Accounting, Spagnuolo received a $300 scholarship from On Stage Community Theatre, Powell received supplies from Downtown Art and Frame, and Twamley and Natasha Leyk each were awarded a $200 scholarship from the Crow Wing Bar Association.
Other recipients of scholarships included Lauren Sedahl, who received a $350 scholarship from the Brainerd Dispatch, and Alicia Weagel, who received a $300 Nisswa Tax Service Scholarship and a $300 Crossing Arts Alliance Scholarship.
The Brainerd Art Club also announced Hannah Cooper earned Best of Show in its annual contest. Cooper's art work was an abstract painting of her idea of a journey.
At the end of the three-hour banquet, Mary Farmer, owner of Nisswa Tax Service, was recognized as this year's lay person of the year. Each year a person outside of the high school who supports art endeavors is honored.
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