Ian Statema Named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Ian Statema named Lee Strebel Memorial Award Winner

Ian Statema was named as the recipient of the 2015 Lee Strebel Memorial Award for Enthusiasm in the Performing Arts. Ian accepted the award at the Ithaca High School’s Underclassmen Awards Night, June 2, 2015 in Ithaca High School’s Performing Arts Center Kulp Auditorium. The Lee Strebel Memorial Award is presented each year to an Ithaca High School 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 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.”, notes the Strebel Family.

Ithaca High School Drama teacher Lorraine Tino praised Ian Statema’s work ethic, “Ian Statema’s contribution to our theatre program is enormous. As a technical theatre student, Ian always steps up and does whatever needs to be done from mopping the stage, to operating the sound board, to building the sets. He is an absolute trooper!”

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. The Strebel Fund also supports the Ithaca High School musical production.

IPEI is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that develops supportive community and private sector relationships with the Ithaca City School District. Founded in 1996, IPEI is committed to connecting school and community through collaboration, engagement, gifts and grants. For more information, see www.ipei.org or contact 256-IPEI (4734) or ipei@ipei.org.

FABG works in partnership with the Ithaca City School District to advocate for, support and celebrate all the arts for all the kids. The Fine Arts Booster Group is celebrating its 10th year. For more information about the boosters, go to www.fabgithaca.org.