Lee Strebel Memorial Award

Haley Evanoski named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Haley Evanoski was named the 2009 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts recipient. Haley accepted the award at the Ithaca High School’s Underclassman Award Night June 4, 2009 in Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an Ithaca student who has not only participated in the performing arts at the high school level, but has shown extraordinary spirit in that pursuit. The award is given in loving memory of Lee Strebel, an Ithaca High School student who died suddenly during his freshman year in February of 2006. In his short time at the high school, Lee became a standout in the drama department after playing the leading role of George Gibbs in Our Town. Lee was a promising young actor to be sure, but what made him so well-loved was his constant smile, great work ethic, support for his peers and an unshakeable positive mental attitude. It is hoped that the recipient of this award will continue to demonstrate many of the same attributes, and recognize that although skills may be handed out in various amounts, our attitude and effort are completely under our control.

Haley Evanoski, a ninth grader, has participated in the fall drama and spring musical at Ithaca High, as well as the drama class. She came to Ithaca High School from DeWitt Middle School where she was active in the drama program there, including the role of Amy March in Little Women. Haley has also participated in Running to Places Productions. Haley says she participates in so many drama activities because of the “family feeling.” .

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, works with the high school drama staff and the Strebel Family to present this award. The award is made possible due to a grant from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County’s Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment.

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