In past years Regents high school students have won the TAPPS 1A Male or Female Fine Arts Student of the Year award.
But this year is a first!
Regents students won BOTH the TAPPS 1A Male AND Female Fine Arts Student of the Year awards. The TAPPS staff names these student winners each year based on student performance in state-wide Speech and Academics and Music competitions.
Miranda Kunk was named Female Fine Arts Student of the Year after winning the state championship in Original Oratory, second place in Persuasive Speaking and Literary Criticism, and fifth place in Current Events and Issues. She also earned a “1” and gold medal in violin at the TAPPS Music State competition.
Sam Alders was named Male Fine Arts Student of the Year after winning the state championship in Calculator, third place in Advanced Math, and fourth place in Literary Criticism. He also earned a “1” and gold medal in viola at the TAPPS Music State competition.
Great job, students! And congratulations to the whole TAPPS Speech and Academics and Music teams, who won the Speech and Academic 1A State Championship and the 1A Music State Runner-Up. If you asked Miranda and Sam how they won these awards, they would certainly say that their teammates and coaches made them better — this was a win for our whole team!