Who needs the Oscars when Big Walnut High School has its very own “Drama Awards,” complete with a banquet and costumes ranging from haut couture, to flamboyant, to street-casual?
On Tuesday, May 3, Big Walnut High drama coach Erin Gibbons, members of the high school’s 2015-16 season casts and crews, parents and friends, gathered at the high school cafeteria for a pot-luck banquet, followed by an awards ceremony in the auditorium.
During the banquet, students voted for their favorite high school drama personalities and performers in a number of categories, and Gibbons totaled the results before the award ceremony.
Many categories were of a more serious nature. Chosen as Best Supporting Female Actor in a Play was Elisabeth Yuhas; Best Supporting Male Actor in a Play, Sam Beckett; Best Female Actor in a Play, Makenzie Daggett; Best Male Actor in a Play, John Loeffler; Best Supporting Female Actor or Chorus Member in a Musical, McKenzie Pickrell; Best Supporting Male Actor or Chorus Member in a Musical, Hayden D’Amico; Best Female Actor in a Musical, Abigail Myers; and Best Male Actor in a Musical, Alex Ramsey.
In lighter categories, Madison Pisano was selected as the Most Dramatic; Sam Beckett was the Most Comedic; the Most Energetic was Rebecca Fitch; Most Relaxed was Lizzy Prater; Most Forgetful was Tyler Lacy; and Most Talkative was Hayden D’Amico.
The Most Inspiring category is typically reserved for a student, but the drama students nominated, and in a landslide vote, selected choreographer Shabonne Grimm, who returned to finish a show after she and her husband lost their first child.
The Most Supportive category was a tie between Samantha Buxton and Jillian Pratt; the Best Attitude Award went to Sam Will; the Outstanding Leader was Madelyn Wecker; the Outstanding Parent Award went to Michele Beckett and Pam Swank; and the Outstanding Crew Member was Emma Neeper.
The coveted Rising Star Award went to Samantha Buxton. The Shooting Star Award was given to Marie Pendley; and the Shining Star/MVT (Most Valuable Thespian) was a tie between Abigail Myers and Codie Muth.
“Big Walnut drama students are a wonderful group to work with,” Gibbons said. “We had another fun-filled night of camaraderie between parents and students as another successful year was celebrated. With everyone dressed to impress, student performances, peer nominations and voting, and a slideshow, it was a night worthy of Hollywood — better even.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093