Competitors awarded in 2016 Creston Festival of the Arts

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Accompanied by teacher Velle Weitman

Adjudicators for the weeklong Creston Festival of the Arts have recommended that eight students attend the provincial festival, running May 31-June 4 in Fort St. John, as competitors or observers.

Emma Penner was selected as an observer in the Junior B piano category, with Alec Hammond, who won gold at the 2014 and 2015 provincials, recommended as a competitor.

In the Junior A strings category, Penner was selected to compete, with Cory Hammond as an observer.

Zoe Marini will compete in intermediate speech arts, with Anjali Ewing as an observer, and Skylar Eyre will compete in the senior category, with Elizabeth Nygren observing.

All observers are also alternate performers if the chosen performer is unable to participate.

(Below) The 2016 Creston Festival of the Arts winners and showcase concert performers. (Brian Lawrence photo)

Also earning recognition in the festival were:

Strings: Katelyn Wiens (showcase performer), Velvet Strings Fiddle Orchestra (ensemble), Brighid Tomasic (primary), Logan Penner (intermediate), Emma Penner (intermediate), Skylar Eyre (advanced), Logan Hammond (concerto), Noelle Lavallee and Skylar Eyre (strings duo), Cory Hammond (best overall) and Jeffrey Roelofse (adjudicator’s choice);

Piano: Cadence and Alison Hengen (showcase performers), Martha Blackmore (primary), Karen Blackmore (intermediate), Ashley Mottl (intermediate), Emma Penner (advanced), Cadence Hengen (adjudicator’s choice), Emma Penner and Alec Hammond (piano duo) and Alec Hammond (best overall); and

Speech Arts and Drama: Axel Marini and Elizabeth Nygren (showcase performers), Elizabeth Nygren (award of special promise), Keyelle Hula (award of special promise), Skylar Eyre (senior), Rolando Burton (adjudicator’s choice), Destiny Geddes and Angus Gardner (duologue) and Zoe Marini (best overall).

Photos below by Axel Marini:


Photos below by Brian Lawrence:


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