Pittsburg High School has been chosen as the KSHSAA Performing Arts School of Excellence award winner!
The Performing Arts Department, which includes Instrumental Music (Cooper Neil), Vocal Music (Susan Laushman), Theatre (Caitie Almond and Chuck Boyles), and Debate/Forensics (Julie Laflen), along with PHS administrators, will be recognized publicly with a plaque from KSHSAA at halftime of the PHS Homecoming football game on Oct. 1.
KSHSAA officials Bill Faflick, executive director, and Craig Manteuffel, assistant executive director of fine arts and spirit, shared the news with the Performing Arts Department in an assembly at the school during first hour.
"I couldn’t be more proud of our students, staff, and community for this tremendous recognition. Pittsburg has a reputation of excellence and has always supported the arts. What an incredible honor!" said PHS Activities Director Jeff Staley following the announcement.
The selection committee that chose PHS as a School of Excellence represented Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Speech Communication Association, and the Kansas Thespians. Leaders from those associations, along with the KSHSAA staff, collaborated to discuss numerous high schools that scored exceptionally high in debate, speech, music, and theater during the 2020-21 school year.
The committee and KSHSAA chose one winner, five finalists, and 30 commended schools from across our great state. All 36 schools will be recognized with a certificate from the KSHSAA in September.
Full KSHSAA release: https://www.kshsaa.org/Public/pdf/PerformingArtsAward21.pdf