HRH Represent at Arts on Fire

It is no secret that Holy Redeemer has a very proud and distinguished fine arts program. And it is always wonderful when their students and staff are rewarded for their amazing efforts in the community, especially at the annual Arts on Fire Awards.

This year, the Arts on Fire Awards saw numerous people from HRH gain nominations in a variety of categories. From students to staff to a volunteer, HRH was well represented.

The first award of the night was Young Artist in the Community. This award celebrates an outstanding young artist in any discipline and serves as a reminder that the potential and future of the arts will be realized by our youth. This year, HRH had two out of the three nominees in the category: grade 12 student Thomas Pennings and grade 11 student Morgan Steffler. Pennings is a well-known name at HRH as he played the lead role of Danny Zuko in Grease: School Version last year and won Best Actor at the Zone Drama Festival for his lead role performance in the one-act play, You Do Love Me, Don’t You?. Steffler has been a long-time participant in the HRH Drama Program playing such huge roles as Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2016 and the fun-loving Jan in Grease last year. In the end, Steffler’s name was called as this year’s Young Artist in the Community.

“I want to thank my parents for their support,” says a shocked and shaking Steffler while accepting her award. “Without you, I would not be the person I am today.” Steffler joins a long list of former and current HRH recipients in this category: Mackenzie Brown (2012), Jairus Davi-Digui and Cassandra Freeborn (2013), Ella Felsing (2014), Kaili Redlick (2015), Brianne Benson, Mackenzie Eidt, and Tamara Everett (2016), Quinn Larder (2017) and Ava Simmons (2018).

Later in the evening, the award for Arts Champion was handed out. This award is open to supporters, sponsors, educators and innovators; and includes those who advocate and stimulate community support for the arts and heritage. In this category, Art Teacher Sandy Fedorak was nominated for the sixth time, and six times must be charm because Fedorak won. “I am so glad that this amazing teacher was chosen to receive this award,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor. “I have always respected and admired her passion and commitment to the arts. She is so deserving of this prestigious award.”

“I am so blessed to teach at Holy Redeemer with so many amazing students,” says Fedorak. “I am truly grateful to be receiving this award.”

One final member of the HRH team that was up for an award was Christine Chase who nominated for Artist for the Arts. This award recognizes an individual artist who has shown significant support and involvement in the arts of Edson and area. Chase nominated for her work as the Musical Director for HRH’s main stage productions over the past two years. She will once again be showcasing her musical directorial talents during this year’s production of Chicago: High School Edition.

“All of these individuals demonstrate the depth of talent, passion and commitment to the arts that we have at HRH,” says Taylor. “Our school community congratulates the nominees and winners on their outstanding work.”