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570ffc623c11bWHS junior Claire Johnston (center) is the recipient of a 2016 UNL Young Artist Award! Johnston is pictured with Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Dean Charles O'Connor and Bishop Neumann student Livi Becker, another award recipient.
WHS junior Claire Johnston (center) is the recipient of a 2016 UNL Young Artist Award! Johnston is pictured with Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Dean Charles O'Connor and Bishop Neumann student Livi Becker, another award recipient.

UNL Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts Recognizes Area Students at NE Young Artist Awards Day

WHS junior Claire Johnston honored for her talents in dance

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts held its Nebraska Young Artist Awards on April 6.

The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize 11th grade students from Nebraska who are gifted and talented in the areas of visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and new media. These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in one of the fine and performing arts.

Seventy students from more than 35 high schools across the state were selected to participate in the special day of activities on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at UNL.

Congratulations to WHS junior Claire Johnston, who was chosen as one of this year's award recipients. Johnston was honored for her talents in dance. Click HERE to view the entire list of winners.

Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 167 students across the state. Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty chose the 70 students who came to UNL on April 8 to be recognized.

Honored students took tours of the arts facilities, attended classes, met faculty and college students and had lunch. Their parents also attended.

Students selected to participate in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards were asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their special talents.

The day concluded with an awards ceremony in the Sheldon Museum of Art's auditorium at 3:00 p.m. Students received a certificate, as well as a very special original piece of artwork commissioned for this event and created by a Department of Art and Art History printmaking student Hannah Demma.

"I would like to extend a huge congratulations to Claire for this tremendous honor," stated WHS Principal Jason Libal. "To be recognized as one of the most talented students across the state of Nebraska is quite an accomplishment. Claire has devoted an incredible amount of time and effort towards dance, and she is reaping the rewards of her tremendous efforts and dedication."

Congratulations Claire on earning this honor!

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UNL Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts Recognizes Area Students at NE Young Artist Awards Day

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