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Browse this page to see some of the great things our students have accomplished!
was nominated by Volunteer McKinney as a representative of Ovation Academy for the Inspired to Serve Award. What an honor!
Our students are taught to be servant leaders.
Congratulations to Jake Ryan Scott for being accepted to college at Studio School in LA! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We will be sad to see you graduate and leave Ovation Academy but, we are excited to see your career continue to thrive in LA!
We are proud to announce our February students of the month! Eigth Grade Musical Theatre Major, Taryn Scmidt and Junior Musical Theatre Major, Myah Durham!
Taryn recently served as the Head of Costume and Makeup for the Ovation Community Outreach production of Little Women the Musical. Taryn showed great professionalism, work- ethic and dedication in this role. Taryn is wise beyond her years and demonstrates the core values of an Ovation student on a daily basis. She is humble, kind, and creative! We are proud to have Taryn representing Ovation Academy!
Myah is the current Thespian Troupe President and a wonderful leader on campus. Myah's talent is only surpassed by her ambition and commitment to her craft. She constantly strives to get better and grow as an artist. Myah recently placed 1st in the August Wilson Monologue Contest hosted by SMU and is headed to compete at the National contest in NYC in May. Myah impresses and suprises us everyday as we learn more of her hidden talents and goals. She also served as Stage Manager and Tech Crew for Little Women. She single-handedly saved the day on numerous occassions. Thank you Myah for being an incredible human! We appreciate you.
Taryn Schmidt & Myah Durham
of the Month
Rotary Club Oratorical Contest Winner, Advances to Regionals!
Congratulations Abigail Ford!
Junior, Musical Theatre Major
From the earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians have been concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as Rotary International's president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to use in making decisions in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with suppliers and customers. The survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four questions:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
1st place Winner
August Wilson Monologue Contest!
The First National August Wilson Monologue Competition was held on April 27, 2009 at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway. That night marked the beginning of the collaboration of program founder True Colors Theatre Company with Jujamcyn Theaters. As of 2018 our regional partners include: The Goodman Theatre, UIC, and the League of Chicago Theatres (Chicago); The Huntington Theatre Company (Boston); Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles); Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle); LeAp (New York); the Bill Nunn Theatre
Outreach Project and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pittsburgh), The Red Door Theatre Project (Portland), Southern Methodist University (Dallas), Triad Stage (Greensboro), Longwharf Theatre Company (New Haven), African American Cultural Center (Buffalo), and True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta).
The National Competition allows the winners in each region to compete for a national prize, and experience the Broadway theatre first-hand, with various outings, workshops and seminars centered around the
Myah Durham, Ovation Academy Junior Musical Theatre Major, will be one of this year's Representative after winning the Regional competition hosted by SMU's Theatre Department on February 16, 2019.
1st Myah Durham – Ovation Academy of Performing Arts
2nd Madison Meadows – Booker T. Washington HSPVA
3rd Bailey James – Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
Sophomore Musical Theatre major, Grace Everett has been making a name for herself recently starring in multiple local film projects. Grace can be seen in the short film Your Land My Land directed by Nathaniel Avila. She can also be spotted in Ukulele of Death, a student film produced for the Pegasus Film Festival . Grace will begin shooting A Good Death, a Victorian Era drama directed by Beppy Gietma for her Film Thesis at Savannah College of Art and Design.
January Students of the Month
Shania Jackson & Nyomi Nee
We are proud to announce our January students of the month! Sophomore Musical Theatre Major, Shania Jackson and Sophomore Dance Major, Nyomi Nee!
Shania is one of the most hard-working and motivated students we have ever seen. Shania takes on every challenge with integrity and a positive attitude. She is a leader on campus and a role model in and out of the classroom. Shania has grown tremendously and continues to impress us with her ability to accept constructive criticism with humility and grace. We are lucky to have Shania at Ovation!
Nyomi's incredible dance ability is just the tip of the iceberg. Nyomi consistently steps up to assist her peers and instructors whenever needed. Even at her young age she has proven that she has a long career ahead as an instructor and performer in the dance industry! Her presence on our campus everyday helps create the positive and professional culture at Ovation. Thank you Nyomi!
August Wilson Monologue Competition
Come watch the finals at SMU Saturday, February 16th @ 6pm. 3 students representing Ovation!
122 students from schools across Texas including ALL of the Performing Arts Schools, 17 finalists advanced to the Regional Finals February 16th. 3 of those will be representing OVATION ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS!
Congratulations Ashanti, Myah and Charles!
Students of the Month
Grace Fortune &
Jake Ryan Scott
Grace is an 8th grade Dance Major and Jake Ryan is a Junior Acting Major. Both show tremendous heart in all that they do at Ovation Academy! They are stellar leaders in their departments and on campus. We are so proud of the growth and passion they both have shown this semester! Their positive attitudes and determination stand out on a daily basis. We are excited to watch them both continue to be successful in their journies.
Congratulations to the Ovation Academy students who have been accepted into the elite Broadway Artists Alliance training program
Nyomi Nee: Acting, Dance & Voice Major
Averly Belle Burns: Acting, Dance & Voice Major
Jessica Gabrillo: Acting, Dance & Voice Major
Emma Kelly: Acting, Dance & Voice Major
Matthew Gabrillo: Acting, Dance & Voice Major
Corbin Ross: Acting & Voice Major
Jake Ryan Scott: Acting Major
Trinity May: Dance Major
Production & Design Major
Ash has been cast as the live version of, Bonnie O'Clare, the Studio Mascot for Rio Rancho Production Studios!
Texas Thespian Festival
Ovation Academy takes home top honors!
The Full-Immersion students attended and competed at the Texas Thespian State Festival held at the Gaylord in Grapevine, TX November 14-17, 2018. Along with approximately 8200 other public, private and charter school students from across the state, the Ovation Academy Troubadours attended workshops and productions and competed in individual and team events. Students representing the academy surpassed all expectations receiving Superior rankings from every judge across the board in their individual events. Every single high school student who competed for Ovation along with 12 middle school students qualified for the National Festival this summer! Ovation Academy of Performing Arts also took home the 1st Place trophy in the Dance Challenge event! Ovation Academy will be sending 32 students to compete at Nationals! WOW!!! Proud is an understatement.
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Congratulations November Student of the Month!
As Ovation Academy's first Senior Q has been a great leader! He is always polite, respectful and focused. Quinton goes above and beyond to learn and grow in every aspect of being a performer. He takes additional lessons to improve where he feels he needs more training. Q is self-motivated and works his tail off. He wants to grow and succeed and has done both already in his time at Ovation. Quinton is a great example of what an Ovation student is and should be.
Student of the Month
Katherine Dillingham, 7th Grade
Musical Theatre Major
Katherine is a fabulous Musical Theatre actress with exceptional charisma and talent! She is only in the 7th grade but can easily hold her own among her older, more experienced peers. Her dedication to her craft along with her ambition to grow and learn has earned her October Student of the Month! It was a pleasure to watch her character develop and her confidence blossom in Pippin! We are thrilled to have Katherine as a member of the Ovation Academy family and are excited for her journey ahead!
Three students at Ovation Academy of Performing Arts have recently been cast as part of a television pilot being locally produced. "Still The One" will be shot in the Weatherford and DFW metroplex. Rio Rancho Studios is the production company. The series stars Emma Kelly as Cherry Rodgers and Averly Belle Burns as Dee Dee Jenkins, from an original script written by director Mikey Morewood and actress Emma Kelly.
September Student of the Month
Matthew Gabrillo, Sophomore
Musical Theatre Major, Dance Minor
Matthew is a wonderful role model for his peers. He always puts his Ovation family above himself and takes pride in helping others whether it be with their art, academics or assisting with cleaning around campus. Matthew always has a smile on his face and is quick to provide an encouraging word at all times. Matthew is a true star on and off stage. We are honored to have Matthew as a member of Ovation Academy and cannot wait to watch him continue to grow and shine! #WWMD