At the close of each year, the Academy presents awards to students and community members in recognition of hard work and dedication to academic studies, personal well-being, and the entire Kimball Union community.
Kimball Union Student Wins Rotary Speech Competition
Representing the Rotary Club of Lebanon, Jintao ’22 won the Rotary District 7850’s Speech Contest for 2021. Jintao, a native of Tianjin, China, advanced to the District contest after competing locally with a speech on toxic masculinity.
Two Kimball Union students have received awards in both local and national exhibitions for their work in ceramics. Ari ’23 and Briana ’22 were recognized in the AVA Gallery High School Exhibition and The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition. Both students work under the mentorship of accomplished ceramic artist and Arts Department faculty member Ursula Fries-Herfort P’14, ’17.
Three generations of the Montenegro Family: Painting and Sculpture Opening 5:30-7:00 pm
Painter and current KUA art teacher Phil Montenegro is joined by his father, sculptor Ernest Montenegro. The show will also feature work by the deceased abstract painter Enrique Montenegro, father of Ernest and grandfather of Phil.
Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio founded by Ken Kubota, Brandon Ilaw, and Mitch Lyon. Ken and Mitch bring all the cello has to offer - bowed, plucked, chopped and more. Brandon can be found singing and playing anything he can get his hands on – often a cajon, sometimes a guitar or piano, maybe some ankle bells. All classically trained, the three musicians met at Juilliard and formed Empire Wild as a vehicle for their love of musical exploration - fusing the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway and more into their songwriting and composition. Their debut EP ‘Paper Seasons’ features all original songs, highlighting the trio’s unique sound and instrumentation. Based in NYC, they have brought their signature mix of original music, inventive covers and twists on the classical canon to audiences across the country.