Four Students Win Working Artist Awards


Four students were recognized for their excellence and hard work in the arts during a recent assembly.

Belén Degener ’22 performed as Ali in Mamma Mia! and assisted the production as Dance Captain. She executed her role with enthusiasm, precision, and contagious charm as an actor, dancer, and singer. Since our choreographer for this production was a visiting artist, Belén work as Dance Captain was a crucial component for the success of our production. She led rehearsals with the cast that provided us important opportunities to review dance moves and build our specificity in performance. She also choreographed two numbers in the musical, building on the work of the creative team while infusing the numbers with her own creativity.

Liz Gluz ’23 worked as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for Mamma Mia!. She performed in these roles with exemplary professionalism, generosity, and dedication. She was a kind collaborator with the teachers working on this production and a confident and compassionate leader among her peers. She directed two scenes in the play and called all runs and performances impeccably. Her work as a theater-maker elevated our production both in the quality of the performances presented for audience and also in the enthusiasm and solidarity felt among the cast and crew.

Siga Pouye ’23 has been a participant of the Arts Intensive program this trimester, specializing in pottery. Before becoming a Wildcat, Siga learned the art of wheel-throwing and immediately reacquainted herself on the wheels in our studios. Each day, during free periods, as well as evening and weekend open studios, Siga works to her full potential exploring the her craft. From plates, to mugs, to jars, Siga has tried it all. As a junior artist, she has not only fascinated us with her skills but is also setting forth a great example for fellow artists here at Williston.

Jeffrey Warner ’24 is a talented musician who approaches his time at the piano with attention and energy. He strives to improve his technical skills as well as his virtuosity through a wide range of exercises. One such exercise is the composition of original music, which I am excited to say, will also be featured in the Dance Ensemble’s spring concert. Jeffrey’s consistent effort, focus, and creativity make him the recipient of this Working Artist Award.