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Out & About: Area high school students lauded for achievements in the arts

Shirley McMarlin
| Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
From left: Westmoreland Cultural Trust special events coordinator Kelli Brisbane with award presenters, Judges Jim Silvis and Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, at the Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Westmoreland Cultural Trust special events coordinator Kelli Brisbane with award presenters, Judges Jim Silvis and Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, at the Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Southmoreland High School visual arts award recipient Bethany Bunner (third from left) with Brianna Bunner, Kristy Bunner and Trisha Bungard (from left) at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Southmoreland High School visual arts award recipient Bethany Bunner (third from left) with Brianna Bunner, Kristy Bunner and Trisha Bungard (from left) at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
From left: Mary Seamans joins Greensburgh Central Catholic High School music award recipient Carol Chen and her parents, Aiming Chen and Xiaofeng Chen, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Mary Seamans joins Greensburgh Central Catholic High School music award recipient Carol Chen and her parents, Aiming Chen and Xiaofeng Chen, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Hempfield Area High School music award recipient Mia Logan (center) with her parents Luann and Ken Logan at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Hempfield Area High School music award recipient Mia Logan (center) with her parents Luann and Ken Logan at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
From left: Hannah Burtner, Hempfield Area High School theatre award recipient Elijah Gilbert, Carrie Boots and Charles Boots at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Hannah Burtner, Hempfield Area High School theatre award recipient Elijah Gilbert, Carrie Boots and Charles Boots at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
From left: Jim and Alie Starr with their son, Jason Starr, Greater Latrobe Area High School visual arts award recipient, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Jim and Alie Starr with their son, Jason Starr, Greater Latrobe Area High School visual arts award recipient, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
From left: Adrian Dillon, Carla Durosko and Anna Durosko, Mt. Pleasant Area High School music award recipient, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Adrian Dillon, Carla Durosko and Anna Durosko, Mt. Pleasant Area High School music award recipient, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Ligonier Valley High School theatre award recipient Mario Anto with her mother Jennifer Anto and John Gregorich, LVHS teacher and musical and play director, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Ligonier Valley High School theatre award recipient Mario Anto with her mother Jennifer Anto and John Gregorich, LVHS teacher and musical and play director, at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards, held May 20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.

As a center for all kinds of artistic endeavors, The Palace Theatre in Greensburg provided the perfect setting on May 20 for the Westmoreland Cultural Trust's 20th Annual Achievement in the Arts Awards Celebration .

The program recognizes students from area high schools who have distinguished themselves in the areas of music, theater and visual arts. Awardees are selected by faculty members and advisers at their respective schools.

Previous programs have featured a sit-down dinner, but this year the format was changed to accommodate a larger number of guests, said Kelli Brisbane , the Trust's special events coordinator and assistant to president Mike Langer .

The theater's intermission suite and patio provided ample room for honorees, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and others to mingle at a reception and the theater's 1,369 seats were sufficient for those who came to watch the onstage program in which students received commemorative pins and pens from Westmoreland County Judges Meagan Bilik-DeFazio and Jim Silvis .

A few of those seen were Joe Maluchnik, Barbara Ferrier, Jane McCurdy, Tim andMelissa Gabauer, Mary Jane Gracon, Carl and Peggy Bryer, Kathy andDave Aubele, Renee Shleger, Jennifer Anto, John Gregorich, Mary and Mark Seamans, Denny andGinger Sabot, Charles and Carrie Boots, Hannah Burtner, Lori andSean Bolish, Margaret Bolish, Andy Gorr, Erin Heffelfinger andRay Cook andDuane andLou Anne Urias .

Honorees included:

Belle Vernon Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Timothy Balchak, Theater (performance) – Allegra Ochs, Visual Arts – Josiah Wells

Burrell High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Lucas Ciesielski, Theater (performance) – Nina Santucci, Visual Arts – Hailey Sabot

Derry Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Brandon Pease, Theater (performance) – Caelan Reilly McChesney, Visual Arts – Jessica Myers

Franklin Regional High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Jacob Schleger, Theater (performance) – Carson Wolff, Visual Arts – Sophie Adams

Greater Latrobe Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Reed Demangone, Theater (performance) – Paige Lesko, Visual Arts – Jason Starr

Greensburg Central Catholic High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Yuqi “Carol” Chen, Theater (performance) – Ashley Ustazewski, Visual Arts – Olivia Bolish

Greensburg Salem High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Luke Parise, Theater (performance) – Audrey Johnson, Visual Arts – Katelyn Dicriscio

Hempfield Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Mia Logan, Theater (performance) – Elijah Gilbert, Visual Arts – Maria Foschia

Jeannette High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Jake Mortimore, Theater (performance) – Abigail Stahl, Visual Arts – Olivia Coffman

Kiski Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Stephen Scassera, Theater (performance) – Rebecca “Becky” Minda, Visual Arts – Leta Meyer

Ligonier Valley High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Katie Betz, Theater (performance) – Maria Anto, Visual Arts – Emma Ferlan

Monessen High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Bennett Zboyovsky, Theate (performance) – Ryan Jordan, Visual Arts – None announced

Mt. Pleasant Area High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Anna Durosko, Theater (performance) – Keegan Bailey Kraisinger, Visual Arts – Hope Sarsfield

Norwin High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Maura Gabauer, Theater (performance) – Abbey Raymond, Visual Arts – Emily Brown

Penn Trafford High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Lucas Freilino, Theater (performance) – Olivia Haberberger, Visual Arts – Holley Cook

Southmoreland High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Shelby Bryan, Theater (performance) – Melanie Gillott, Visual Arts – Bethany Bunner

Valley High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Alexia Fularz, Theater (performance) – Ian Henry, Visual Arts – Madison Oakes

Yough High School: Music (vocal or instrumental) – Hannah Delligatti, Theater (performance) – Kyla Denitti, Visual Arts – Kelsey Williams

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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