Tonka Pride Profiles

Senior Spotlight: Christine Hwang
Senior Spotlight: Christine Hwang

The biggest lesson Christine Hwang has learned from theater, she says, is "the ability to step into someone else's shoes. Almost everyone I play I have no sort of connection to." For Christine, this includes Scottish Highlander Meg in the MHS theater production of Brigadoon and Leading Player in Pippin, both roles for which she won Outstanding Performance awards from Spotlight Education, a part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Spotlight also awarded Christine their Triple Threat Award her junior year. Her selection as a YoungArts finalist in November further validated her decision to pursue a career in theater. The National YoungArts Foundation's judging panel selected Christine and 19 other finalists from roughly 9,000 submissions.

Outside of school, Christine works with a number of other theater companies and writes her own plays. She has a desire to combine her love of performance with activism. "I want to use my platform to serve the greater good," she says.

Christine is co-directing a show this summer, "The Wild Party," with independent student-run TASU Theater Company and will be attending Ithaca College this fall where she will pursue her BFA in Musical Theatre. After college, Christine has no set plan: "I just know I want to be in the arts."

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Senior Spotlight: Saya Sabin

Saya is a strong competitor in DECA, and is active with Breezes, Cross Country, Habitat for Humanity and a variety of AP courses.

Senior Spotlight: Lindsey Dobbins

As a National AP Scholar, a tutor, an award-winning artist, and a runner, Lindsey epitomizes the four A's of high school success: Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics.

Senior Spotlight: Christine Hwang

With awards from YoungArts and Hennepin Theatre Trust, including a Triple Threat Award, Christine is geared up for a bright future in the arts.

VANTAGE Student Profile: Izzy Atayev
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Senior Spotlight: Isaac Schrof

Senior Isaac Schrof makes the most of his interests and passions through Minnetonka Research, participation in DECA and as a Backpack Tutor.