Mira Awards Honor Escambia County’s Most Creative High School Seniors

April 1, 2015

About 70 of Escambia County’s most creative high school seniors were honored recently during the 2015 Mira Creative Arts Awards Banquet at New World Landing.

Mira Creative Arts Awards recipients were nominated for the award by their high school teachers and will receive commemorative engraved medallions as well as Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Jeff Miller.

Northview High School

  • Autumn Leanna Ates, Visual Arts
  • Tristan Brown, Theatre
  • Ryan Chavers, Prose Writing
  • Desiree Elliard, Prose Writing
  • Julie Hester, Dance
  • Jessica L. McCullough, Graphic Design
  • Natassja Scott, Visual Arts
  • Shania Lynn Ward, Graphic Design
  • Tristan Williams, Instrumental Music

Tate High School

  • Sarah Colburn, Instrumental Music
  • Chandler Cotton, Instrumental Music
  • Reema Eqab, Fine Arts
  • Jamie Hendren, Vocal Music
  • Jacob Howard, Instrumental Music
  • Abreona Nixon, Mock Trial
  • Gabriele Pyron, Visual Arts
  • Kara Rhodes, Photo Journalism
  • Jessica Roser, Ceramics
  • Kristin Wheeler, Drama

West Florida High School

  • Delaney Anderson, Journalism
  • Ashley Cobb, Theatre
  • Addie Leah Davila, Graphic/Digital Design
  • Katarina Dombek. Visual Arts
  • Lewis Elliott, Musical Theatre
  • Antonio (Kai) Estrada, Photography
  • Dalton Kristopher Merritt, Instrumental Music
  • Hannah Power, Visual Arts
  • Kaitlyn Tran, Graphic/Digital Design
  • Devin Walker, Instrumental Music

Pine Forest High School

  • Taylor Erdman, Carpentry
  • Jada Espinoza, Design Services
  • Alesandra Fatcheric, Visual Arts
  • Ashley Frye, Vocal Music
  • Nathan Kirk, Visual Arts
  • Tyler Meatte, Instrumental Music
  • Bekah Potter, Yearbook
  • Destiny Redd, Technical Theatre
  • Shayanne Ridenour, Theatre
  • Alyssa Webb, TV Production

Escambia High School

  • Ryan Berg, Instrumental Music
  • Charlotte Blessing, Digital Media
  • Drew Coats, Visual Arts
  • Holly Coker, Vocal Music
  • Savannah Daw, Yearbook
  • Melvini’Quie Gordon, Visual Arts
  • Evan Dawn Harris, Theatre
  • Josh Johnson, Instrumental Music
  • Johnathan Pierce, Instrumental Music
  • Kirsten Serene White-Wood, Culinary Arts

Pensacola High School

  • Erik Blount-Douglas, Instrumental Music
  • Claire Escobedo, Visual Arts
  • Matthew Ferguson, Drama
  • Chelsea Gay, Instrumental Music
  • Dana Jaalouk, Photography
  • Caroline Johnson, Instrumental Music
  • Elizabeth Parra, Visual Arts
  • Heather Sartain, Creative Achievement
  • Anne Schultz, Drama
  • Nigel Walden, Drama

Washington High School

  • Kaleb Broom, Instrumental Music
  • Aleina delaCruz, Drama
  • Samantha Marie Johnna Earley, Visual Arts
  • Hallie Rana Friedman, Drama
  • Allison Leigh Fuller, TV Production
  • A. J. Pryor, Vocal Music
  • Stephanie Rosemore, Visual Arts
  • Alicia Katherine Diane Umbreit, Vocal Music
  • Natalie Williams, Nonfiction Writing
  • Avion Wright, Instrumental Music

In 1987, a group of teachers at J. M. Tate High School created the Mira Awards to recognize talented and creative students in the arts and sciences.  The following year, the committee approached the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation to bring the awards under its umbrella and to initiate county-wide student participation each year in the areas of writing, performing and visual arts, and other creative disciplines.  The term “Mira” is Latin for the name of the brightest star in the constellation Cetus.

Pictured top: Mira Award winners from Tate High School. Pictured below: Northview High School Mira winners. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Mira Awards Honor Escambia County’s Most Creative High School Seniors”

  1. T2TC on May 1st, 2015 3:13 am

    I am so very proud of you, Ryan! Your scholastic successes has made my role as your Mom enormously rewarding. Congratulations to all the Mira Award recipients and especially our Northern Stars.

  2. Jan Enfinger on April 2nd, 2015 9:24 pm

    Congratulations to all the Mira winners! I see several of my former students still making me very proud! Seniors already? :0

  3. The Melton's on April 1st, 2015 12:10 pm

    Congrats Jacob Howard and Gabby Pyron. The Lord has blessed you richly with not only talent but also with loving hearts. Blessings on all that you do with those talents using them to share the love of God with all that cross your path.

  4. twhiting on April 1st, 2015 11:02 am

    Congrats Desiree…keep putting God first..and the sky will be the limit for you

  5. Fan on April 1st, 2015 8:50 am

    Jacob Howard keep your eyes on the goal! Success is your middle name!

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