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FMPSD Staff and Students Recognized at 2023 Buffy Awards

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(Fort McMurray, AB - October 24th, 2023) The Art Council of Wood Buffalo's 2023 Buffy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the arts, took place over the weekend to highlight local artists and contributors, including various FMPSD staff and student award nominees. The Buffy Awards, which have been running since 2008, celebrate excellence in various artistic fields, including visual arts, performing arts, music, and literature. The awards recognize the significant contributions of artists, cultural organizations, and community members who have positively impacted the arts and culture scene in Wood Buffalo.

Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) is proud to promote the value and importance of the arts in our community by highlighting staff and student Buffy 2023 award nominees and recipients. By fostering creativity, imagination, and critical thinking, the arts contribute to developing well-rounded and engaged citizens equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Congratulations to Westwood Community High School Grade 12 student Nishka Rai and Westwood alumnus Faith Kippenhuck on receiving the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards for Dance and Performing Arts, respectively.

Buffy 2023 Award Nominees and Recipients List:

Arts Education - Marina Swaggers, Dan Gillies, Sara Smith
Craft - Elijah Olsen
Dance - Carmen Hall, Nishka Rai (Recipient)
Performing Arts - Gwenyth Clark, Faith Kippenhuck (Recipient)
Rising Star - Ciara Driscoll, Nishka Rai, Hannah Wood-Gacem, Cadence Kucy-Locke


For additional information, contact:

Momin Syed                                                           
Communications Coordinator
Fort McMurray Public School Division