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McKenna Jones Nebraska Young Artist Award

From left, Louisville student McKenna Jones, Nebraska City Lourdes student Piper Monson, Hixson-Lied College Associate Dean Christopher Marks and Syracuse student Colton Nichols smile at the Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day ceremony. Jones joined 65 other students from across the state at the event. The teenagers received recognition for their accomplishments in many artistic endeavors.

Photo Courtesy Rebecca Wright / The Journal

LINCOLN – Louisville junior McKenna Jones has created a positive name for herself with her many artistic talents.

She earned state recognition for those accomplishments at a recent ceremony in Lincoln.

Jones took part in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln April 4. The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts sponsored the event on campus.

University officials recognized juniors at Nebraska high schools for their achievements in visual art, dance, music, theater, film and new media. Sixty-six students from more than 35 high schools across Nebraska earned invitations to this year’s awards ceremony.

A total of 181 students submitted examples of their work earlier this school year. Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts faculty members then reviewed material from each applicant. The university employees chose Jones as one of the winners of the prestigious award.

Jones and other recipients took tours of the UNL arts facilities during the day. They also attended classes, met faculty members and college students and enjoyed lunch on campus.

The day concluded with an awards ceremony at the college. Jones received a Nebraska Young Artist Awards certificate during the event. UNL School of Art, Art History & Design printmaking student Keith Buswell also presented each winner with an original piece of artwork specially commissioned for the ceremony.

Jones is a Manley resident who was honored for her talents in dance. She performed a lead role in this year’s one-act play at Louisville and helped the LHS cheer squad win a state championship. She competed in this year’s state speech meet and has earned multiple top district music medals. She has been a dance student for more than a decade and attended a five-day dance convention in New York City as a freshman.


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