High school drama teachers Jay Thornton, of Kent-Meridian; Jennifer Grajewski, of Kentridge; and Zachary Chaykin, of Kentlake, at the 5th Avenue Theatre awards event in Seattle. Kentwood’s Chad Taylor was unable to attend. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District

High school drama teachers Jay Thornton, of Kent-Meridian; Jennifer Grajewski, of Kentridge; and Zachary Chaykin, of Kentlake, at the 5th Avenue Theatre awards event in Seattle. Kentwood’s Chad Taylor was unable to attend. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District

Kentridge High drama teacher earns Outstanding Educator award

Jennifer Grajewski honored by The Fifth Avenue Theatre; Kentwood, Kent-Meridian muscials also recognized

Kentridge High School drama teacher Jennifer Grajewski received an Outstanding Educator award at the 20th annual The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards honoring high school musicals.

“Thanks The 5th Avenue Theatre for the wonderful honor and support of high school theatre,” Grajewski said in a Facebook post. “It was a wonderful night with many surprises and I feel so blessed.”

Grajewski received the special honors June 26 at the Seattle theatre for her 40 years of teaching and directing.

Kentwood High won Outstanding Work by Students in Scenic Design for its production of “Mamma Mia!” Kentwood’s Nikki Domingo won special honors in the Student Achievement category. Kentwood’s Katie Inscho and Shane Huyser received special honors for Parent Support.

Kent-Meridian High took special honors in Educational Impact for its production of “Unstable Connection,” about students in remote learning during COVID-19.

The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards creates space for musical theater students from across Washington state to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional in-person performances or streamed/pre-recorded musical theater productions presented during the 2021-2022 school year.

Each year, high schools from across the state submit their musicals for consideration by The 5th Avenue Theatre Awards Committee. A panel of acclaimed theater professionals selected by the committee visited high school productions from urban districts to rural communities as far away as Spokane, Sequim, Walla Walla and Vancouver.




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