This week’s Starlight Senior is a Blue Star Awards standout. She won the 2019 Blue Star Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role and went on to represent Starlight at the Jimmy Awards in New York City last year, in addition to serving the past two years on the Blue Star Awards Student Council. This year, she’s a nominee for the Rising Star Scholarship.
New Graduate, Shawnee Mission East High School
Blue Star Awards Student Council, 2018-20
Blue Star Awards Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role, 2019
Favorite high school experience:
Being in Chamber Choir at East.
What you missed most with school being closed:
My senior prom, final choir concerts and a real graduation!
Best experience/memory with Starlight:
Performing on the Starlight stage at the Blue Star Awards in 2019 and the whole week of the Jimmy Awards in New York City last June.
Advice you’d give to freshmen to help them navigate high school:
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get to know new people.
I came from a small school to a big public school. It was a little scary at first but so much fun once I put myself out there!
How you made the most of your final virtual months of your senior year:
Making a vision board for “after quarantine” life, FaceTiming my friends often and exercising/walking my dog.
Plans for your summer:
Performing in Les Misérables at Stage Right Performing Arts and helping to music-direct their elementary school show, Frozen Jr.
Plans for your immediate future:
Attend Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) to major in Business with a minor in Arts Administration.
Hopes/dreams for your future:
Make a difference in the theatre community by helping others as much as possible.
Favorite musical and why:
I saw it on tour in Washington D.C., and it changed my life. Such an amazing show!
Favorite song/artist and why:
Sammy Rae and her song “Kick it to Me.”
I’m obsessed with her after my friends shared with me this happy, feel-good song.
Words you live by:
“Though she be but little she is fierce!” – William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
There’s no feeling like stepping on stage and giving it your all. Whether it’s dancing, singing or acting, it’s so exhilarating!
I love trying new things on stage and sharing what I love most with others. Theatre has given me some of my greatest and strongest friendships and connection