Ward takes top honor in ARCH performing arts competition

Release Date: 4/30/2013

On Monday, Ozarks' first annual Advanced Research and Creative Highlights (ARCH) symposium officially concluded with the presentation of the performing arts awards.

Five students entered into the performing arts sections of the ARCH symposium and performed their pieces on Saturday, April 27, during the annual Ms. U of O pageant. The performances were judged by faculty and staff members, Clarissa Hardman, Bristle Shook, and Dr. Michael McManus.

Awards were presented in three categories. The highest level of recognition was "Distinguished," followed by "Achievement," and "Merit."

Sky Blue Keen, a freshman from Harrison, Ark., sang an original song which earned her a merit award. David Pluebell, a junior theatre major from Plano, Texas, was awarded the achievement award for his monologue performance.  The coveted distinguished award went to Kelsi Ward, a senior management/administration major from Bentonville, Ark., who also performed a monologue.

Sequoia Moore, a senior management/administration major from Grady, Ark., and Becca Phillips, a freshman strategic communication major from Arkadelphia, Ark., offered vocal performances as part of the ARCH symposium as well.