Underscoring a solid and growing tradition at Cornelia Connelly School, senior Jackie Cutts has been named the winner of the California Youth in Theatre Day Advocacy Essay Contest—becoming the third student from Connelly in the last four years to win the award.
She is scheduled to read her essay at the state Capitol in Sacramento and has won a scholarship to attend the event on March 17.
The award is given each year to a high school student thespian who has submitted an essay of between 300 and 500 words on the subject of why theatre arts education is important to America’s future. The contest is sponsored by the California State Thespian Board.
Cutts has been active in the Tri-School Theatre program throughout her four years at Connelly, working as a technician.
“I love being a technician because it’s like being a magician, an artist and a MacGyver all at once,” says Cutts. The actors may have fun taking on new personalities and living in the limelight, but I get to help create the entire world of a play or musical from scratch.”