Top Student Artists Receive Honors at 2019 JM Awards Night

SILER CITY — Six artists received music, theater and visual arts awards on May 23 at JM Awards Night, an annual presentation highlighting top students across all disciplines at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Corrine Collison, a senior, received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate in Theater Award. A three-time JMArts Scholar and winner of the James Award as the top cast contributor to the musical last fall, she capped off her JM theater career with an unforgettable performance as Ursula in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” and received a superior rating at Musical Performance Adjudication assessments this spring. Corrine will attend East Carolina University this fall to study music education.

Jocelyn Lopez Mejia, a freshman, received the 2019 Underclassman Student Artist of the Year Award. A student in the AVID college preparation curriculum, her intuitive use of advanced techniques and willingness to experiment artistically are evidence of her natural talent. Jocelyn will return to JM this fall.

Oliver Mitchum, a senior, received the 2019 Outstanding Jazz Award. A four-year band veteran, his outstanding musicianship is evident not only with his saxophone, but piano as well; he performed his own arrangements for the processional and recessional at this year’s JM Baccalaureate service. Oliver will attend North Carolina State University this fall. 

Aaron Partin, a senior, received the 2019 Outstanding Musician Award for instrumentalists. A JMArts Scholar, his four-year leadership and dedication in the marching, concert and jazz bands have prepared him well for a future as a school band director. Aaron will continue that preparation this fall as a music education major at Greensboro College.

Joseph Richardson, a senior, received the 2019 Student Artist of the Year Award. His portfolio is ready to fill a gallery for a solo show, and his identity studies have received compliments from viewers on social media in the United States, Australia and Dubai. Joseph plans to continue his studies at Central Carolina Community College and transfer to the UNC School of the Arts to pursue a major in visual arts.

Samatha Zarate, a senior, received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music Award. A two-time JMArts Scholar, her stellar vocal performances in three musicals, soulful solos at concerts and events, and superior rating at Musical Performance Adjudication assessments are highlights in her record of excellence. Samantha, who received a Best Actress nomination in the 2018 Triangle Rising Stars musical theater competition for her performance as Nina in “In the Heights,” will study music next fall at Guilford Technical Community College.

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Top JM artists in music, theater and visual arts received honors in May at 2019 JM Awards Night.

Top JM artists in music, theater and visual arts received honors in May at 2019 JM Awards Night.