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PJC honors music theatre students

Published or Revised May 08, 2014

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Two PJC students were surprised with awards at the end of a music student recital concert on May 1 when they received awards from PJC music instructor and director of choirs Philip Briggs. Haley Hines (left) received Outstanding Music Theatre Student - Freshman and Austen Naron (right) received Outstanding Music Theatre Student - Sophomore. The awards are jointly presented by the PJC Music and Drama departments.

At the end of the Paris Junior College student music recital on May 1, two students were surprised with awards by PJC music instructor and director of choirs Philip Briggs. Freshman Haley Hines and sophomore Austin Naron were recognized as outstanding musical theatre students.

The awards are given to those students demonstrating the most growth in their skills, and are not automatically awarded every year.

“The award is for recognizing students with the musical theatre concentration who go above and beyond,” said PJC drama instructor William Walker. “They don’t wait to be told to do things. They go out and do their own research; they find their own music and don’t wait for us to dig it out for them; they keep their portfolios together and they are constantly wanting us to help them improve but they don’t wait for us to tell them what to do, they go do it themselves and then come back and ask ‘is this right.’

“That’s why we give this award out. This year it was Haley and Austin who have really gone above and beyond.”

Hines will be returning to PJC. Naron will be transferring to the University of Tulsa.

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