By Kelsey Keener
CEDAR CITY–Cedar High School Fine Arts Teacher Steve Shirts was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations earlier this year at the Utah Music Educators Association meeting.
The criteria to receive this award includes significant or long-term contributions to interscholastic high school music activities and nominees go through rigorous screening. Neil Hendriksen, Chair of the Utah High School Activities Association, acknowledge Shirts’ accomplishments in his nomination letter.
“(Shirts’) program is not just recognized locally, but statewide, as a shining example of how important music education is in the lives of children and high school age young adults,” he said. “It also shows how that influence carries on into adulthood.”