Spotlight Awards Give High Honors to Local High School Students

credit-CPA Cast of Oklahoma at Spotlight Awards

Several Williamson County students won awards in the 5th Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Spotlight Awards).

The Spotlight Awards were created by Mike Fernandez, Dean of Lipscomb University’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts, to recognize excellence in local high school theatre. Now, presented in partnership with Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the program evaluated musical productions from 26 Tennessee high schools, including for the first time two schools in East Tennessee.

Here is a list the award winners:

  • Tiyanna Gentry of Hillsboro High School – Best Actress
  • Sevon Askew of Central Magnet High School – Best Actor
    *these two students will travel to New York next month to compete nationally in the Jimmy Awards on June 25.
  • Cassidy Alexander of Franklin High School – Standout Female Dancer
  • Madeleine Hall of Christ Presbyterian – Standout Female Dancer
  • Lelan Wilhoite of Siegel High School – Standout Male Dancer
  • Diamond Goins of Siegel High School – Standout Female Soloist
  • Keller Montgomery of Lipscomb Academy – Standout Male Soloist
  • Lorelei McDaniel of Christ Presbyterian Academy – Standout Supporting Actress
  • Zeth Dixon of Hume-Fogg Academic High School – Standout Supporting Actor
  • Kaitlyn Sumner of Franklin High School – Standout Ensemble Actress
  • Keegan Spurr of Grace Christian Academy – Standout Ensemble Actor
  • Emma Harvey of Station Camp High School – Standout Comedic Actress
  • David Torres of Nashville School of the Arts – Standout Comedic Actor
  • Abigail Wilson of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy – Standout Dramatic Actress
  • Will Ryan of Brentwood High School – Standout Dramatic Actor

Chattanooga Christian School led with three school awards, winning for Best Set Design, Best Ensemble and Best Show for its production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

Additional honors went to Independence High School’s “Legally Blonde” (Best Choreography, Best Music Direction), Lipscomb Academy’s “Cinderella” (Best Vocals, Best Overall Tech), Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s “Singin’ in the Rain” (Best Costume Design, Best Direction), Hume-Fogg Academic High School’s “Hello, Dolly!” (Best Orchestra), Station Camp High School’s “On the Town” (Best Hair and Makeup Design), Grace Christian Academy’s “Beauty and the Beast” (Best Lighting Design) and Hillsboro High School’s “Into the Woods” (Best Overall Design Concept).