St John the Evangelist Catholic High School took home a swag of awards after performing at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre recently as part of the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.
Schools from around the region walked the red carpet with VIPs including show host Casey Burgess (Hi-5) and Wakakirri’s National Panel Representatives Wayne Scott Kermond and Katie Kermond (Spiegelesque).
The high school students won Best Drama Story Award, Best Individual Hair and Make Up and Best use of sets, costumes and props for ‘The Lantern’, a story about a mother's search for her daughter, who vanishes in a storm. She searches for years, leaving lanterns throughout the village, until they're finally reunited.
The group also won Excellent Solo Dance, Excellent Group Dance, Excellent Staging- Combination of All Aspects and Excellent Soundtrack Mix.
The theme was ‘hope’, one of the school’s core values.
St John the Evangelist Catholic High School Wakakirri coordinator/teacher Ms Savannah Lloyd said she was so proud of the group.
“It is one thing to get on stage and perform a flawless piece, but it is so much more to reflect how wonderful they are as people and that is a true testament to the school,” she said.
“They are so passionate, hard-working and driven. It was wonderful for both judges to commend them for such strong, technical dancing and choreography.
“The highlight for them was definitely having our wonderful principal, Sandra Hogan, there to support them and see all their hard work."
It is only the second year St John’s has participated in dance and recently they were selected to perform in the Stars of the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod, where they were awarded the prestigious Helen Ring Memorial Award.
The award is only granted to one school annually for excellence in the performing arts.