NESA Monday Message May 22, 2023

Happy Monday, NESA Family!

We have made it to our last full week of the school year. We are in full swing for semester exams and excited to celebrate banquet and graduation. It has truly been a fabulous year of performances, projects, and successes. We are so proud of all of our students and ready to launch the Class of 2023 with confidence. We know you are all destined for a bright future!

We are also celebrating two amazing members of our NESA Faculty. Dena Mabry, Director of Dance and Heidi Whitus, Director of Cinema will be retiring at the close of this school year. They have been extraordinary teachers and directors. We cannot say enough wonderful things about them both. Ms. Mabry and Mrs. Whitus, you are leaving a legacy of passion, excellence, and heart with NESA. Your impact and contribution know no limits. Thank you for your incredible service and dedication to the NESA Family and Arts Education. We love you and will miss you greatly!

NESA Summer School registration link is posted below. We will only be offering PE this summer due to staffing shortages. If your child is still in need of a Health credit, please consider registering for NEISD's summer school hosted by MacArthur HS. Your child must visit with their counselor for summer school approval.

Every year high schoolers involved in the performing arts from all over south Texas compete for a place as a finalist in the Las Casas Foundation’s 15th Annual Joci Awards at the Empire Theater. This year 17 of the 28 finalists selected were NESA students. Isabella Deleon was chosen as the overall winner of the entire contest and received an additional $10,000. Hannah Jenkins was chosen as best lead actress in a musical and will be competing in New York this summer at the National High School Musical Theater Awards also known as the Jimmys! Please join me in congratulating the following students!

Vocalist Category:

1st place- Sophia Luz Tellus, $6000

2nd place- Michelle Ko, $4000

4th place-Elliott Kehoe, $3000

Dance Category:

1st place-Isabella Deleon, $6000

2nd place-Abigail Wessa, $4000

3rd place-Megan Gault, $3000

4th place-Noelani De La Garza, $3000

Acting Category:

1st place-Ollie McCrary, $6000

4th place- Andres-Roman Wood, $3000

7th place-Jonathan Dullnig, $3000

Best Lead Actor in a Musical:

2nd place- Briggs Blume for Scuttle in The Little Mermaid, $4000

4th place- Christian Wood for Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, $3000

Best Lead Actress in a Musical:

1st place-Hannah Jenkins for Fanny in Funny Girl, $6000

2nd place-Arden Allmon for Ariel in The Little Mermaid, $4000

5th place- Laurel Seller for Ursula in The Little Mermaid, $3000

6th place- Azaria McCants for Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, $3000

7th place- Sophia Leune for Ariel in The Little Mermaid, $3000

The updated semester exam schedule can be found below.

Thank you for your constant support. Our future is bright!


Lenida A. Evans

NESA Director

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Amie Charney, who directs the creative writing program at North East School of the Arts, reacts to the announcement at La Cantera Resort that she won the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award in the leadership category for secondary school teachers.

NESA Summer School PE Program

NESA will be hosting a summer PE course for our students. PE is the only course offered in this session. The class will meet from 8am - 3pm beginning June 1st- June 27th. Please use the link below to register for our summer PE program. Deadline to register is May 26th at 4:00 pm. Deadline to pay is May 30th at 4:00 pm. Cash or check will be accepted in the NESA Office with Ms. Garcia during regular school hours.

2023 NESA Summer School Sign-Up Google Form

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Counselor Update

**Please submit requests early for processing time and to meet college deadlines**

LEE Counseling SMORE

Seniors - Class of 2023

UPDATE:NESA Stoles - Stoles and NESA senior t-shirts are available for pick-up in the NESA Office. If you received a misprint, please bring that one with you to trade for the corrected stole.

NESA pARTners News

We are ready for Banquet!



May 25, 2023


$40 per ticket

UIW Skyroom

847 Hildebrand Ave

Seniors may invite up to TWO parents/guardians to attend

(all attendees must have a ticket)


Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors


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NESA Student Highlight

Hannah Jenkins, a senior Musical Theater and Dance major performed the national anthem at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards Banquet. Way to shine, Hannah!

Please send any student highlights to .

Footnotes 2023


The Little Mermaid 2022