On June 5, the Numerica Performing Arts Center announced the winners of the first annual Apple Awards, a ceremony to honor the achievements of local, participating high school students and programs that have demonstrated excellence or innovation in theater, sponsored by Davis Arneil Law Firm.

Outstanding lead performance in a musical

Mason Atwood, “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” Wenatchee High School

Outstanding lead performance in a play

Nathan Hagan, “Dystopia! 3 Comedic One-Acts,” Cascade High School

Oustanding supporting performance in a musical

Aracely Renteria, “Les Misérables School Edition,” Eastmont High School

Outstanding supporting performance in a play

Emma Skylstad, “Dystopia! 3 Comedic One-Acts,” Cascade High School

Outstanding ensemble cast

“Legally Blonde The Musical,” Cashmere High School

Outstanding overall play

“Play On,” Cashmere High School

Outstanding overall musical

“How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying,” Wenatchee High School

Each participant was assessed by a group of volunteer evaluators known as “The Apple Academy,” who have been selected to participate based on their experience and understanding of the performing arts.

The evaluation criteria places value on creativity and achievement, taking into account unique resources and production challenges. The nominees and award recipients were not determined by any members of the Numerica Performing Arts Center staff or board of directors.

Additionally, each school’s director(s) had the opportunity to honor two individuals of their choice with a Director’s Award.

Winners include:

Sarah Pinneo and Kelsea Turner, Cascade High School

Ani Hartwich and Korbyn Smith, Cashmere High School

Isaiah De Los Santos and Sydney Ferari-Zimmerman, Eastmont High School

Sylvia Hwang and Casia Logan, Wenatchee High School

Rounding out the evening, Numerica Credit Union presented the first Numerica Theatre Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior who has been positively impacted by their involvement in theater arts. Sarah Bersch from Wenatchee High School, was recognized as the 2019 scholarship recipient. She will be attending Central Washington University in the fall.

The mission of the Apple Awards is to recognize unique talents within our communities, promote the arts to a broader audience, increase the depth of appreciation to existing audiences, and encourage the continued development of exceptional performers.

MarissaCollins is marketing director for the Numerica Performing Arts Center.