Hastings College Music, Theatre students receive honors, scholarships

The Hastings College Department of Music and Theatre recognized outstanding student work during the 2020-21 academic year by awarding several traditional honors and scholarships specific to their disciplines.

Hastings College Theatre honored 19 students and inducted seven new members into the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honorary as part of its annual Beaux Arts Awards.

As part of the event, Alpha Psi Omega distributed colored masks. The White Mask is given to recognize contributions of a first year student of theatre, the Scarlet Mask is open to all students who have participated in the theatre for two seasons, and the Purple Mask is open to any theatre student at the end of their junior year who has at least a 3.6 overall grade point average, high artistic achievement in theatre and meritorious service to college theatre.

Theatre students honored include:

  • Kelli Brichacek of Waterloo, Nebraska — Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Jacqueline Carreras of Parker, Colorado — Lloyd S. and Helen M. Jones Scholarship, Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Kennedy Cool of York, Nebraska — Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Tyler Huntsman of Parker, Colorado — Scarlet Mask
  • Brooke Jorgenson of Orleans, Nebraska — White Mask
  • Christian Kehn of Boulder, Colorado — Scarlet Mask
  • Liz Lee of Colorado Springs, Colorado — Purple Mask
  • Luke Liffengren of Conifer, Colorado — Outstanding Theatre Student Award (awarded at Honors Convocation), Runner-up for Player of The Year, Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Charly Lufkin of Fairbury, Nebraska — Scarlet Mask
  • Emma Maline of Bellevue, Nebraska — Scarlet Mask
  • Kai Marshall of Omaha, Nebraska  — Lloyd S. and Helen M. Jones Scholarship, Scarlet Mask
  • Hailey Moore of Juniata, Nebraska — Harold Shiffler Award
  • Morgan O’Neill of Cheyenne, Wyoming — Scarlet Mask
  • Lindsey Pratt of Denver, Colorado — Runner-up for Player of The Year
  • Chase Rath of Thedford, Nebraska — Lloyd S. and Helen M. Jones Scholarship
  • Kaely “Juno” Reece of Westminster, Colorado — Scarlet Mask
  • Darci Wax of Colorado Springs, Colorado — Player of the Year, Shiffler Scholarship, Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska — Scarlet Mask, Purple Mask
  • Rayvonne Wright of Austin, Texas — Bernard C. Tushaus Award

Initiates into Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary Include:

  • Kelli Brichacek of Waterloo, Nebraska
  • Becky Cox of Blue Hill, Nebraska
  • Keeley Garland of Superior, Colorado
  • Kai Marshall of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kaely “Juno” Reece of Westminster, Colorado
  • Darci Wax of Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Audrey Weeks of Hastings, Nebraska

Hastings College Music recognized 14 students during the year. Those receiving awards include:

  • Allisa Buck of Shelby, Montana — Outstanding Senior in Music (announced at Honors Convocation)
  • Alana DeBellis of Littleton, Colorado — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Ian DeBoer of Bennington, Nebraska — Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Outstanding Sinfonian
  • Owen DeBoer of Bennington, Nebraska — Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia First Year Student Scholarship
  • Timothy Ellis of Red Cloud, Nebraska — Millard Cates Choral Music Award
  • Ben Howie of Hastings, Nebraska — Elmer Christensen Keyboard Award, Gordon L. and Mary Ohlsson Endowed Music Scholarship
  • Javi Jimenez of Gering, Nebraska — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • AJ Marousek of Hastings, Nebraska — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • Morgan O’Neill of Cheyenne, Wyoming — Chorus of the Plains Scholarship
  • John Sample of Colorado Springs, Colorado — Outstanding Contributor in Music, James King Outstanding Bandsman Award
  • Kaitlynn Schreiner of Grand Island, Nebraska — Outstanding Performer (announced at Honors Convocation), Millard Cates Choral Music Award
  • Christopher Sedmak of Fort Collins, Colorado — NATS Participation/Regional Winner
  • Mackenzie Waltemath of Omaha, Nebraska — Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award
  • Ivey Zimmerman of Overton, Nebraska — Sigma Alpha Iota Jennifer Kathleen Cady Music Scholarship, Gordon L. and Mary Ohlsson Endowed Music Scholarship

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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