69 students chosen as Nebraska Young Artist Award winners

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has chosen 69 students from more than 30 high schools across the state as Nebraska Young Artist Award winners.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has chosen 69 students from more than 30 high schools across the state as Nebraska Young Artist Award winners.

69 students chosen as Nebraska Young Artist Award winners

calendar icon10 Feb 2021    

Lincoln, Neb.--The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts has announced the winners of the 24th annual Nebraska Young Artist Awards.

The awards recognize 11th-grade students from Nebraska for their talents in visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film and emerging media arts. 

Sixty-nine students from more than 30 high schools across the state have been selected as award winners.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the day of activities originally scheduled for April 7 has been canceled. Students will receive their award by mail and will be recognized on the Hixson-Lied College’s social media on April 7. 

“While we are disappointed that the pandemic will prevent us from recognizing these talented students in person again this year, we are thrilled to recognize these artists from across the state,” said Alfonzo Cooper Jr., director of recruitment for the college and coordinator of the awards. “These students exemplify the pinnacles of creativity in their respective areas of interest. We encourage them to continue to develop their talents in the arts.”

Students applied for the recognition and submitted an example of their work. Applications were received from 115 students. Hixson-Lied College faculty chose the winners.

Award winners were also asked to nominate the teacher who provided them with the greatest amount of mentoring and support in the development of their special talents. 

Students will receive a certificate and an original piece of artwork commissioned for the event and created by a School of Art, Art History and Design printmaking student.

2021 Nebraska Young Artist Award Winners

Name High School Hometown Area
Hajer Al-Eid Lincoln North Star Lincoln Visual Arts
Stephanie Amend Lincoln Southwest Lincoln Dance
Michael Angelbeck Home School Lincoln Music
Cathy Apolot Lincoln Northeast Lincoln Music
Xander Baker Waverly Waverly Music
Richard Bayer Howells-Dodge Consolidated Howells Visual Arts
Aaron Beacham Millard North Omaha Music
Chloe Berger Home School Kimball Music
Samantha Brayton Lincoln Arts and Humanities Lincoln Visual Arts
Nina Campbell Lincoln East Lincoln Visual Arts
Katie Craig Lincoln Southeast Lincoln Theatre Arts
Wyatt Daake Waverly Eagle Music
Anna Dvorak Lincoln Southeast Lincoln Theatre Arts
Claire Ehlers Lincoln East Lincoln Music
Leah Faber Millard South Omaha Music
Hannah Farr Lincoln North Star Lincolnr Music
Yanori Ferguson Lincoln High Lincoln Music
Claire Fox Chadron Chadron Dance
Daisy Friedman Omaha Central Omaha Theatre Arts
Katie Gomez Kearney Kearney Dance
Caitlyn Haggstrom Blair Blair Music
Marielle Hinrichs Lincoln Southeast Lincoln Music & Theatre Arts
Riley Hoefer Omaha Skutt Catholic Omaha Film & Emerging Media Arts
Melody Hong Millard North Omaha Music
Anjali Jayan Millard North Omaha Music
Brenna Jean-Paul Omaha North Omaha Visual Arts
Riley Kalnins Lincoln East Lincoln Music
Riya Kannapareddy Millard North Omaha Visual Arts
Makayla Kennedy Omaha Mercy Omaha Visual Arts
Isabella Klein Cozad Cozad Dance
Alyssa Kolbo Cozad Cozad Dance
Cadan Kontos Lincoln Southeast Lincoln Music
Mackenzie Krull Kearney Kearney Theatre Arts
Lena Iankas Lincoln East Lincoln Dance
Krista Lee Kearney Catholic Kearney Visual Arts
Abby Lewis Lincoln East Lincoln Music
Stella Lewis Arlington Arlington Dance
Anna Lindstrom Broken Bow Broken Bow Visual Arts
Tara Linn Cozad Cozad Dance
Kevin Lloyd Bellevue West Bellevue Music
Rilynn Lutt Kearney Kearney Visual Arts
Jaxon Luzum Lincoln Arts and Humanities Lincoln Visual Arts
Patrick Mars Home School Kimball Music
Madaline McDaniel Adams Central Glenvil Visual Arts
Maddie McGowen Kearney Catholic Kearney Visual Arts
Marcus McLaughlin Lincoln High Lincoln Music
Abby Murray Millard South Omaha Music
Lilly Praest Howells-Dodge Consolidated Dodge Visual Arts
Lucia Revollo Omaha South Magnet Omaha Dance
Emily Rimington Millard North Omaha Music
Elizabeth Rohrer Norris Firth Music
Alanis Roldan Lincoln High Lincoln Visual Arts
Josiah Rose Grand Island Grand Island Visual Arts
Benjamin Rothermich Kearney Kearney Music
Kennady Schmidt Howells-Dodge Consolidated Dodge Visual Arts
Zeph Siebler Lincoln High Lincoln Music
Adeline Stanley Blair Blair Music
Abigayle Vogel Howells-Dodge Consolidated Howells Visual Arts
Anthony Waadah Omaha Burke Omaha Film & Emerging Media Arts
Kara Walters Omaha Skutt Catholic Omaha Visual Arts
Madison Waugh Chadron Chadron Visual Arts
Marlee Weidner Norfolk Norfolk Dance
Daniel Weitzmann Norfolk Norfolk Music
Katie Wilson Cozad Cozad Dance
Regan Wiseman Waverly Alvo Music
Leo Wolcott Millard West Omaha Music
Justin Ye Millard West Omaha Music
Eliza Young Home School Gretna Music
Melanie Yover Norfolk Norfolk Music