Buford High School is truly a Triple A Excellence high school making sure to put their all into academics, arts, and athletics. Many schools often overlook their Fine Arts department but Buford takes great pride in the fact that they do not. This shows year after year in the number of students who pursue the arts at the school and the achievements of those students and staff. Even though COVID-19 cut short their competitive season, they have accomplished plenty to be proud of.

Jesse Hanks and Hope Fowler received nominations in the Best Leading Actor and Actress categories for their work in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Photo – David Hanks

The annual Shuler Hensley Award nominations were announced by a special online presentation. The Shuler Awards as they are also known honors the best in high school musical theatre students and schools. The winners will be announced in a special online ceremony in May. Buford High School received multiple nominations for their performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

All of the nominations that Buford received were for performances in their rendition of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Presley Dale and Jesse Hanks received a nod in the Music Direction category. Buford High School received a nomination in the Best Ensemble category. Hope Fowler earned a nomination for Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of Phoebe D’Ysquith. For his portrayal of Montague Navarro, Jesse Hanks scored a nomination for Best Leading Actor. Quinn Conrath received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor playing the D’Ysquith Family. Buford High School also earned a nomination for Best Overall Production.

Quinn Conrath received the Smiley for Kyle Scholarship and Jesse Hanks was awarded the Broadway Dreams Scholarship.

Congratulations to students and staff in the Fine Arts Department at Buford High School!

For more information on the Shuler Hensley Awards or to see the full list of nominations, click here.

— By Alicia Couch Payne

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