NFHS National Performing Arts School of Excellence

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from James Weaver, Director
Performing Arts for the National Federation of High School Associations

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of learning about your school and the fine performing arts department you have for your students.

I want to congratulate you and your school for being selected as the NFHS National Performing Arts School of Excellence. With the assistance of the Texas UIL, your school has been selected for its exemplary diverse and award-winning programs. This recognition is awarded to one high school each fall during the National Performing Arts Week for the NFHS, which is the week of October 10-14. During this week, we highlight your school and your programs. In the past, this has included a visit to your school from myself, as well as a representatives from each of our national speech and music committees. During this visit we will have a presentation of a plaque and can customize our visit to help your school celebrate; previously our committee members have cliniced jazz ensembles, spoken to classes about the importance of performing arts, and in general celebrated with the school. As for the presentation, we look to you for the best suggestion as when we can present the fine arts department the plaque and recognize you and the school during the National Performing Arts Week.

For more information on National Performing Arts Week, you can click here, as well as the greater National High School Activities Month. Since 1920 the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives. We set directions for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities.

The NFHS, from its offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

I want to congratulate you once again, and I look forward to working with you as we move closer to the National Performing Arts Week.