South Tahoe students awarded scholarships |

South Tahoe students awarded scholarships

The following scholarship awards were presented to honorees at the South Tahoe High School Senior Awards Program on May 28.

Carol Joy Pace Harney Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Musical Arts was awarded to Sara Ortega; June Marie Harney Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts was awarded to Emery Mulligan; and the Thomas Roy Harney Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Communicative Arts was awarded to Maggie Albrecht.

The scholarship awards were presented by Bob Grant, South Tahoe High School Department Head, and were sponsored by Thomas Roy Harney, a former South Tahoe High School faculty member.

Casson Scowcroft, band and orchestra teacher, said, “Sara Ortega is a willing leader who says, ‘Yes’ to every solo thrown her way. She’s a fine pianist and composer. She teaches her fellow violinists during sectionals and does a stellar job. All of these things are rare to find in one orchestra, but with Sara we have it in just one person. I love Sara’s positive attitude and her sheer love of music is something I would wish on any human being. Music is definitely in her future somehow, be it career or passion or both!”

Lisbeth Niven, drama teacher, said, “Emery is not only a versatile and brilliant young actor and musician, but a dedicated and gracious young man. He started performing here at South Tahoe High School when he was just 11 years old and is still wowing our audiences. No matter how large or small the role, Emery puts his whole heart into it and makes it a memorable performance. He astounded the audience with his performance as Dr. Frankenstein in this year’s musical “Young Frankenstein.” In fact, he was so good that many of the audience members thought we had brought in a 30-year-old ringer.”

Claire Nightingale, yearbook advisor, said, “Maggie Albrecht is the most dedicated yearbook editor. She eats, sleeps, and breathes yearbook every day. Her ability to see the big picture as well as edit the details is an incredible gift. Maggie has created a superb yearbook this year.”

The South Tahoe Senior Awards Program is under the planning and direction of Lori Nelson, college and career advisor. Recently, South Tahoe High School, which is under the leadership of Principal Yvonne Larson, was honored as a top secondary school in the United States by “Newsweek Magazine” and received a glowing report from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges which noted “South Tahoe High School is more like a college, an amazing college.”

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