Mira Awards Honor Escambia’s Most Creative High School Seniors

May 10, 2017

Almost 70  of Escambia County’s most creative high school seniors were honored recently during the 2017 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 received commemorative engraved medallions.

Recipients of the 2016 Mira Creative Arts Award were:

Honorees are listed below under a photo from each school, scroll down, click to enlarge.


Natalie Barrow, Visual Arts
Alyssa Bell, Creative Writing
Zachary Sheldon, Photography
Mitchell Singleton, Public Speaking
Brianna M. Smith, Visual Performing Arts
David Weber, Instrumental Music
Hadley M. Woodfin, Graphic Arts


Haleigh Allen, Orchestra
Alexis Farsolas, Visual Arts
Riley Figueroa, Visual Arts
Taylor Sue Hagle, Debate
Brennan Infinger, Instrumental Music
Carmen McCrackin, Yearbook
Mallory Drew Nelson, Theatre
Evon’ Parsons, Theatre & TV Production
Madison Philley, Instrumental Music
Morgan Pope, Chorus


Ian Riley Abercrombie, Journalism – Graphic Design
Savanna Louise Calhoun, Multimedia- Graphic Design & Photo
Lauryn Marie Crisson, Visual Arts
Alexandria Noel Eddins, Theatre – Acting
Devan Maddax, Orchestra – Excellence in Violin
Hannah Elizabeth Matthews, Multimedia – Directing & Producing
Nakiya McConnico, Band
Erinn Kinsey Sherlock, Visual Arts
Destini Spears, Band
David Adam Williams, Jounalistic Writing


Athena Bruner, Visual Arts – Drawing
Brittany Comer, Band
Arianne Foster, Visual Arts – Drawing
Faith Lanuzo, Orchestra
Karly Lowes, Drama
Hailey Orbik, Band
Athina Pressley, Dance
Isaac Richardson, Media Production
Briana Webb, Orchestra
Na’im Wright, Colorguard


Dennis Davis, Drama
TaDarius Hall, Drama
Noah Jeffery, Band – Instrumental Music
Audrey Mahon, Visual Arts
Madison Michles, Drama
My Phan, Visual Arts
Justin Polk, Drama
Hiba Sukhera, Journalism
LaVencia Walker, Band - Percussion
Justin Zhang, Instrumental Music


Kaitlin Broadnax, Business Trades
Troy Davis, 2D Studio Art
Allan Fink, Band
Emily Hobbs, Yearbook
My’asia Holmes, Design Services
Taylor Irwin, Band
Janus Johnson, Culinary Arts
Kevin Le, Construction Trades
Adaryll LeGrant, Chorus
Jalen Williams, TV Production


Tyler Bonner, Band
Victoria Caton, Visual Arts
Afton Fagan, Vocal Music
Natalie Imperial, Vocal Music
Maximilian Levesque, Orchestra
Samaria McRae, Band
Katelyn Smith, Theatre & Vocal Music
Emily Spears, Theatre
Amanda Teed, Vocal Music
Jordan Weddington, Visual Arts & Vocal 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 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.

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