From the Executive Director

Oak Grove senior wins Heart of the Arts Award

 Brian Evans, a senior at Hattiesburg (Mississippi) Oak Grove High School, has been selected the 2015 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School Heart of the Arts Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. This is the second year that the National High School Heart of the Arts Award has been offered.

Consistently motivated by his inherent true love for music, Evans has overcome a plethora of severe medical challenges to become a highly accomplished performer.

Evans’ first medical issue was being born at just 23 weeks, weighing a mere one pound, six ounces. He later had to be brought back to life following a failed hernia surgery, and at age seven was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

Despite having those three major medical issues - any one of which might have frustrated others – Evans has instead grown into a young man who loves music for the sake of music, and finds strength, solace and motivation within it.

At age three, Evans told his mother that when he grew up he was going to be the “best sousaphone player in the world.” That bold prediction first manifested itself in sixth grade when he chose the tuba as his instrument. He subsequently grew into it, and has become a highly accomplished tuba player at his current age of 18.

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