Cambridge-Isanti student earns ‘Scholar  of Distinction’ award for theater arts

Kate Larson received her award during a ceremony held on May 18.

Kate Larson, a junior at Cambridge-Isanti High School, has earned the title of a MN Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts, an award given by the MN Department of Education. 

The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Award Program recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated self-directed students in: Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Theater Arts.

To earn this recognition, students must complete required work in the Minnesota Academic Standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects.

Kate was nominated by her theatre director and speech coach, Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni, then she submitted an “Intent to Apply” last December.  

There are several areas in which a student can apply to be a “Scholar” for Theatre Arts. There is: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Design and Technical Theatre, and Comprehensive (which is two of the other theatre arts). 

After the Intent to Apply was submitted, Kate needed to put together a portfolio. Since Kate selected Comprehensive in Acting and Design and Technical (Costuming) her portfolio needed to include both of those areas. It consisted of:

- Head Shot

- Artist Statement

- An Annotated Resume 

- Work Samples and support materials,

- A Review of a live performance of a full-length play

- A script analysis

- Letters of recommendation

- A statement of academic qualification.

After that was submitted, Kate waited to see if she would be invited to participate in the next step, the Artistic Showcase presentation, which she was.

The presentation had three parts: 

- Performing or presenting of materials in your chosen area(s) of recognition

- Submission of further research and support materials and

- An interview with the evaluator panel.

Since Kate was entering in Comprehensive, she needed to fulfill the requirement for both categories. Her presentation was April 29.  

Kate was notified on May 6 that she would earn the title of Scholar of Distinction in Theater Arts. The awards ceremony was held on May 18.  

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