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Fine and Performing Arts Celebrated at WHS
Nicola Davies

Each year, Wilton High School recognizes graduating seniors in the art, music and theater departments, presenting awards and scholarships for achievement in each field. This year’s Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Awards ceremony took place on May 22, and nearly 50 senior student artists, musicians, and performers were honored.

The AP art show reception kicked off the evening with a display of the incredible examples of fine art produced by the seniors. These photographs, paintings and sculptures would look at home gracing the walls of any professional gallery.

This is a moving evening for all involved as the teachers celebrate how far the students have come and what they have achieved. It was clearly evident that the teachers are going to miss this group of seniors that they have watched blossom over their four years in High School. English and theater teacher Heather Delude summed up what many of the teachers felt. In a display of happy emotion, she shared how proud she is that one of her students – Ava Kaplan is following in her footsteps and attending the University of Florida on the same course that she graduated from twenty years ago. The first of her students ever to do so.

Awards were given to students by teachers and representatives from town organizations including Wilton Children’s Theater, Weir Farm, The Greens at Cannondale and the PTSA.

The teachers presenting awards all echoed the message that none of this would be possible without the support of our district and administration, and their appreciation for the arts and the role it plays in the lives of our students.

“Every year lives are changed by this program thanks to them” Said Marty Kozlowski, who produces the stage productions at WHS “We also are blessed with a dream come true in our professional staff –passionate, committed and talented people who are able to create art on our stage’

‘It is wonderful to see all these students who chose to make the arts a part of their educational program’ said Nick Loafman, Instructional Leader for Music at the High School,  ‘In a place like Wilton they have so many good choices about how to spend their time, so the fact that they all lived such a devotion to the arts is a great thing. As educators, we are all so happy that parents and families supported these choices, as their support is integral to these experiences as well’

Each year, one student is awarded the prestigious Fine and Performing Arts Award scholarship, for demonstrating exemplary dedication, leadership and passion for the arts for all four years. In order to win the sought-after FAPA Award, the student must be involved with at least three separate arts departments at WHS. The 2019 Fine and Performing Arts Award was presented to Alex Killian.

The other students who received awards were:

FINE ART AWARD WINNERS:

AP Student Portfolios:

Phoebe Satterwhite, Zareen Reza, Yashika Nana, Eleanor Imrie, Victoria Andrew, Jayne Guglielmo, Flynn Crowther and Emilia Romo

Scholastic Art Award Winners:

Zoey Araquel, Emma Caldwell, Davis Cote, Megan McNamara, Julianna Russo, Maud Seymour, Caroline Luciano, Christopher Shaw and Giana Zaccone

Stamford Art Association Award:

Mixed Media - Zareen Reza

Photography - Theo Laflamme

Sculpture / Ceramics - Megan McNamara and Zoey Araquel

The Festival Logo Design: Christopher Shaw

The Greens at Cannondale / Wilton Meadows Holiday Card Contest : Phoebe Satterwhite

Ambler Trust Scholarship in honor of Rusty Hurd : Zareen Reza and Elizabeth Yoon
Friends of Weir Farm Award : Zareen Reza
Paint Brush Award: Emily Johnson
Open Art Mural Award:  Elizabeth Yoon, Zareen Reza and Leah Moore
Richard Brandt Video Award : Alex Killian
Echelon Awards :   Max Schwartz and Victoria Andrew
Charles A. Dana Award : Phoebe Satterwhite
PTSA Book Awards:  Emmanuel Bazile, Yashika Nana, Flynn Crowther  Phoebe Satterwhite and Zareen Reza

Band Awards

  • Director’s Award for Band: Julianna Fastiggi
  •  Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award: Sean Carlson
  •  John Philip Sousa National Band Award: Adam Harley

Orchestra Awards

  • Director’s Award for Orchestra: Connor Adams
  • National School Orchestra Award: Mona Sinha

Choir Awards

  • Director’s Award for Chorus: Jayna Gumins
  • National School Choral Awards: Hannah Mikita and Grant Jones
  • Wilton Singers Scholarships:  Alex Myers and Davis Langhoff

Theater Awards

  • Wilton Children's Theater : Lily Kepner, Jayna Gumins, Dylan Pojano and Taylor White
  • Golden Curtain Award:  Hannah Mikita
  • Director’s Award:  Alex Myers
  • Producer’s Award:  Dylan Pojano
  • Improve Awards: Ava Kaplan and George Murphy
  • TAPS Awards: Taylor White and Jessica Olin 
  • Little Theater Company Award: Rachel Wilson and Ava Kaplan 
  • Rookie of the Year: Riley Luchetta
  • PTSA Theatre Arts Book Award : Dylan Pojano