December 2014 Spotlight Winner

Juggling many activities is a fine art. The way Johnathon Boyd juggles many fine arts activities so successfully is why the Nebraskans for the Arts selected him as it’s Student Spotlight in the Arts award for December. 

Boyd, a Gering High School senior, is involved in Mock Trial, Speech, Harmony (Gering's premier show choir), and all-school musical, acting as musical lead in the 2014 production of “Cinderella.” In addition to that, he carries a 4.0 GPA, while taking dual-credit college classes, including College Composition and College Calculus.

Active on the Speech team, Boyd was dual-state qualifier and medalist as a sophomore, placing 4th in Duet Acting and State Champion in Oral Interpretation of Drama (OID). Last year as a junior, Boyd again qualified for OID and Duet Acting at the state level, placing 4th in Duet once more. He was named a 2014-2015 US Bank® Believer and Achiever by the Nebraska Schools and Activities Association, which recognizes outstanding leaders in schools and communities.

According to his nominator, Gering High School Teacher and Coach Tyler Thompson, “John is extremely coachable and can always be depended on -- he marshals our team and sets the example he wishes his teammates to follow.”

“Ultimately, you won't find a more talented or hard-working performer,” says Thompson, “John gives his heart and soul to fine arts.”

“The arts--music, theater, speech--have all impacted my life by building friendships, teaching life skills, instilling work ethic, and shaping my character,” says Boyd. “This has given me the self-confidence to be successful in everything I do.”