GPS's Gwin Receives National Dance Award

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The National Dance Education Organization has named Mary Chandler Gwin ’14 one of three national winners of the 2014 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award. She was selected for consideration by an adjudication committee of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, an organization supported by college faculties and professional dancers. 

According to the NDEO, the award certificate and monetary gift are “evidence of excellence in three categories: Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement.” Junior and senior high school students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts are eligible to apply for the award, the highest student dance award in the nation. As president of Terpsichord, GPS’s contemporary dance company, Ms. Gwin won the first place award for student choreography at the 2013 Tennessee Dance festival sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Dance.

The salutatorian for the GPS Class of 2014, Ms. Gwin served as president of the National Honor Society, president of the Junior Engineering Technical Society, and served for three years on the Honor Council. A GPS Ambassador, she was honored by her classmates as a member of the May Court. She will attend Yale University.

The NHSDA sponsor, GPS Fine Arts Department Chair Cathie Kasch, was also honored for her “outstanding teaching, leadership, and guidance” of the award winner and other dance students.  

To watch a video of Gwin’s dance, click here.


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