Students recognized for excelling in the arts

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts recently announced the recipients of the 2016 scholarships recognizing accomplishments in choir, band, drama and art at Oconto Falls High School. The students have earned top recognition in the arts and were recommended by their high school instructors.

This year’s recipients of the $200 scholarships were Leah Wons, choir; Ashley Baeten, band; Michaela Dickson, art; and Kiana Archiquette, drama.

Wons is the daughter of Bill and Suzie Wons. She has been active in choir and drama for four years, and earned top recognition as a vocal soloist and ensemble member. She has performed in over 20 high school and community musicals. Wons will attend Viterbo University in La Crosse to pursue a degree in vocal performance and arts administration.

Baeten is the daughter of David and Angela Baeten. She has participated in band and choir for all four years of high school and worked on the technical crew for events at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. She will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for general studies and plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to pursue a degree in food/nutritional sciences.

Dickson is the daughter of Madison and Ann Dickson. She has excelled in art classes, drama and forensics for four years. She will attend the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts to major in film.

Archiquette is the daughter of James and Wendy VanDornick. She has been active in choir, drama and drama club for four years. She will attend UW-Milwaukee to pursue a degree in theater.

Since 2002, the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts has awarded over $16,000 in scholarships.