Gallaway, Fullerton Recipients of State Superintendent’s Awards for Arts Excellence
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee senior Paige Gallaway and junior Ryan Fullerton were named recipients of the State Superintendent’s Awards for Arts Excellence per a release from the State Department of Education.
Gallaway is a recipient of the award in vocal music while Fullerton was recognized for instrumental music. The Muskogee students along with 105 students from Oklahoma will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7 p.m. The 107 high school juniors and seniors from across Oklahoma will be recognized for their remarkable talents and mailed their medals and certificates.
“By studying and pursuing the arts, these students are equipping themselves with a well-rounded education needed in this fast-paced world of technological advances and innovation,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in a press release. “Student creativity will be an integral part of Oklahoma’s creative growth. I am extremely proud of these young men and women, and I encourage their schools and communities to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Students receive awards in dance, drama/theater, instrumental music, piano, visual arts, and vocal music. The event marks the 31st annual State Superintendent’s Awards for Arts Excellence and is hosted by the Oklahoma Alliance of the Arts, Oklahoma State Department of Education, and Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. Representatives of Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education reviewed all nominations during the selection process.
“This award is the highest accolade by the State of Oklahoma honoring students, teachers, and administrators who exemplify arts excellence,” said Dr. Isolete DeAlmeida, Chair of the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education in the media release. “The award brings the disciplines of music, dance, theater and visual arts together, showing these recipients that their hard work, passion, creativity, and expression are valued components of our communities and culture.”