HCC recognizes Josh Naujokas with Friends of the Fine Arts Scholarship

FREEPORT -- Josh Naujokas of Freeport, a student at Highland Community College, was recognized at the fifth annual Friends of the Fine Arts (FoFA) student scholarship reception on Friday, May 12 at Fieldstone Inn in Freeport.

During the reception, guests were able to hear the list of accomplishments of Naujokas from two of his instructors, Laura Early, theater instructor, and Allen Redford, music instructor. Naujokas excels in music, theater, and forensics at Highland. He was awarded the bronze medal for Impromptu Speaking at the National Phi Rho Pi Forensics tournament held on April 10 in Washington, D.C. He also composed an original work of music for the spring production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream."

Left to right: Laura Early, Josh Naujokas and Allen Redford

Naujokas said he was humbled to receive the $1,000 scholarship from The Friends of the Fine Arts. Laura Early said, "Josh is incredibly talented and very humble about his accomplishments. The music he composed for 'A Midsummer's Night Dream’ showcased his talent and he is a great team player. He is so multi-talented."

Josh replied, "It is exciting to be recognized with this scholarship. I never thought I'd be at this place in my life where I can be a part of theater, music, and forensics. Highland's music and theater programs are incredible, and they've given me the knowledge that I need to pursue a career in the performing arts. I have only been at Highland for one year, and I have learned so much, and I look forward to completing my studies at Highland and moving forward."

Josh is also a member of the Chamber Singers and the Royal Scots. Allen Redford had this to say about Josh, "He is an excellent music student and also excels in academics. I have high hopes for Josh and have no doubt that he will be successful."

For those interested in more information about Friends of the Fine Arts at Highland, contact Chris Kuberski at or 815.599.3417.

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